BROOMFIELD — Most golfers will never know the feeling Jacob Mason had in the final hour of his round on Tuesday at The Broadlands, where Holy Family played host to the Tri-Valley League second match of the year.
The senior had played the first twelve holes in 1-over par and was hovering near the top of the leader board with the usual cast of characters from around the league.
Then he hopped on the train … The Birdie Train.
Mason proceeded to birdie the next five holes, including a 20-foot plus twister on No. 17 that hit the back of the cup with all the confidence of a guy in the zone, and pulled away from the field to win by eight shots with a score 4-under 68.
“It feels unreal. It’s weird and it it feels like something just clicks and all of the sudden I’m out there just confident and feel like I can make every putt,” said Mason, who fired a 3-over 74 on Monday at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Invitational. “I told myself on 17 that my best birdie streak before this was four, so lets go get that fifth. And I rammed that putt in the back of the hole, and it felt good.”
Mason’s day was huge in helping the Tigers team to their first victory of the season. The group of five finished with a total score of 233, which tied Frederick for the the top spot. Leo Nelson (82), Garrett Green (83), Ben Neill (85) and Kody Ward (86) rounded out the Holy Family contingent on Tuesday.
After a summer of touring the country and playing in some of the best and most challenging courses the junior circuit has to offer, Mason is confident that his game is in the right place at the right time for the high school season, and it showed on Tuesday. A talented ball striker, especially with his mid to low irons, Mason wasn’t shy about taking aim at some difficult pins on the Tigers’ home course.
“I feel great the way I’ve opened up the season and yesterday I didn’t make as many birdies as I would have liked to and made some mistakes, but today I cleaned those mistakes up and this was probably the ball striking day I’ve had all summer,” said Mason, who missed the opening Tri-Valley League meet last Thursday to play at a tournament in Tulsa. “So if I can just keep my swing where it is at right now, I can have a really good year this year,”
And just like every player at the start of the season, Mason has lofty goals for himself, but is quick to point out that his team comes first.
“My goal this season is to win with the team. It would be great to see those group of guys and myself put together two great rounds at state and take home the trophy,” Mason said. “It would be a cool way to cap off my high school career.”
TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE MEET NO. 2
At The Broadlands
Team scores — Holy Family 233, Frederick 233, Windsor 240, Sterling 244, Fort Morgan 252, Mead 253, Erie 262, Skyline 271, Roosevelt 290, Berthoud 309, Severance 320.
Individuals — Jacob Mason, Holy Family, 68; Nick Formby, Frederick, 75; Jake Chesler, Frederick, 76; Sam Christensen, Fort Morgan, 76; Tayleb Schaefer, Sterling, 78; Tristan Boucher, Mead, 78; Brentyn Paiz, Windsor, 79; Parker Gonser, Windsor, 80; Chase Hume, Sterling, 81; Carter Hinkle, Windsor, 81; Braden Caffarelli, Erie, 81; Tanner Strong, Mead, 81.
Other Holy Family scores — Leo Nelson 82; Garrett Green 83; Ben Neill 85; Kody Ward 86.