BoCo Beats: Holy Family places second at Class 3A Region 3, heads to state

A look at how local athletes fared at regionals around the state Monday and Tuesday


Class 3A Region 3
It was a slow build for the Holy Family boys golf team, a long journey from the first busy week in August. But on Tuesday at Collindale in Fort Collins, the Tigers proved they are peaking at the right time, placing second behind Colorado Academy and sending an entire foursome to the state tournament in two weeks by posting a score of 247 and beating out 16 other teams for an automatic team slot.

The senior duo of Benedict Achziger and Dustin Fouts combined with sophomore sensations Rudiger Heitz and Drake Krommenhoek to get the job done, with Achziger’s 8-over-par 79 pacing HFHS and good for fourth place individually. Heitz’ 83 was good on a tough course, as he placed ninth; Fouts and Krommenhoek also fell within the top 22 scorers on the day.

Holy Family did not qualify a team for state last year.

Also in the regional, Jefferson Academy’s Ethan Runyon shot a solid 88 on the day, but it may only be good enough for an alternate position for the 3A state tournament.

Class 3A Region 2 (Monday)
Prospect Ridge’s Jason Arbuckle and Caden Koole will be back in the 3A state field after solid rounds at Murphy Creek on Monday. Arbuckle’s day included two birdies and a 7-over 79 total, which landed him in a tie for fifth overall at the regional won by Kent Denver. Koole shot an 82 and finished in eighth.

Dawson and Peak to Peak were also included in the regional, and both Jimmy Leuchten (Dawson) and Rasesh Bhandari (Peak to Peak) shot 89 to put themselves in the mix for an alternate slot.

Class 4A Region 1 (Monday)
The Silver Creek Raptors will be scoring as a team with three individuals qualifying for 4A state after Monday’s round at Walking Stick. Josh Lurie and Ben Harding both shot in the high 70s, with Lurie’s 77 highlighted by three birdies in his round. Harding, meanwhile, had a respectable 12 pars on his way to a 78.

Joining that pair is Quinn Lockwood, also a junior, whose front-nine 39 helped him salvage an 83.

Class 4A Region 2 (Monday)
Erie placed fourth as a team, but freshman Donovan O’Brien sprung up and had one of his best rounds of the season to qualify for the state tournament with a 7-over 78. O’Brien made par on 13 of 18 holes, and finished in a tie for fourth place individually.

Class 5A Northern Region (Monday)
Monarch and Boulder played the familiar Coal Creek on Monday, and it benefited both programs immensely. The Coyotes placed second as a team and will send four golfers to state, as Caleb Michaels was in the running for individual medalist before eventually placing fourth (2-over-par 74). Talan Gover’s 76 was complemented by low 80s from Ian Henderson and Jackson Harberts.

For Boulder, sophomore Doug Holleman’s 81 was in the running for an alternate slot.

Class 5A Southern Region (Monday)
While Arapahoe thoroughly dominated the course at Spring Valley on Monday, the race for the second team slot for state was a good one — and it went the way of Fairview as the Knights gutted out a four-team battle by a single stroke.

Wonderful rounds from Sawyer Sales (75), Mathieu Zerwin (78) and Nathan Sager (81) helped FHS edge Rock Canyon (235), ThunderRidge (236) and Ralston Valley (237). Sales’ 75 included an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole and he placed fourth overall individually.

Class 5A Central Region
Legacy will send a team-scoring threesome to the 5A tournament after seeing senior Tommy Hammond, senior John McNabb and junior Ben Cerretani all finish within the top 18 at Overland Park on Tuesday. Hammond tallied three birdies on his first 12 holes before finishing with a 5-over 77, good for a tie for eighth in the region. Cerretani and McNabb weren’t far behind at 79 and 80, respectively.

Note: Broomfield will participate in the Class 5A Western Regional on Thursday at Thorncreek.