UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY — It wasn’t pretty.
It wasn’t pretty at all.
But as frustrating a day as it was on Day 1 of the Class 3A state tournament at the Eisenhower Blue Course, the Holy Family Tigers are still in it. Coach Will Wilson’s boys are just three shots back of Aspen and Lutheran, who each finished 16-over as a team on the first day.
“We were a little bit on the wrong side of mediocre today, but we are still only three shots out of the lead,” Wilson said. “We probably had close to 30 three-putts as a team today, so it is all correctable stuff.
“We just have to come out with some confidence tomorrow, especially with the putter, and we can be right were we want to be at the end of the day tomorrow, standing on top of the podium.”
The Blue Course biggest defense is its greens and, with the exception of maybe leader Walker Franklin of Prospect Ridge (who fired a 2-under par 70), they gave the entire field fits on Monday.
Jacob Mason, who came in on a roll and had visions of challenging for the medalist honors, struggled all day on the ultra fast surfaces. He finished with seven three-putts (including a four putt) and just never had any confidence with the flat stick all day en route to a 6-over 78.
That score was matched by Jackson Grace and Garrett Green was just a shot behind at 79. Senior Leo Nelson had a forgettable day, carding his worst round of the season, a 92.
“We’ve been talking team since the beginning of the season and haven’t been talking about individual honors, but winning as a team since the beginning of the season,” Wilson said. “(Today’s results) doesn’t change anything going in to tomorrow, that is where our mindset has been all season.”
The Tigers have a night to sleep on and forget about Monday and come back on Day 2 to make their charge.
“They just have to find their joy in the game again,” Wilson added. “That’s what we talked about before today, and talked to a lot of alums and got their feedback, and the universal thing was just to enjoy it. There were a lot of moments today were there wasn’t a lot of joy.
“If we relax and swing the way we can, I think we will have a great finish.”
CLASS 3A STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
At Eisenhower Blue Course (par 72)
Team scores — Aspen 232, Lutheran 232, Holy Family 235, Kent Denver 237, Sterling 238, Colorado Academy 242, Resurrection Christian 246, Montezuma-Cortez 248, The Classical Academy 249, Gunnison 261, Basalt 262, Eaton 263, Delta 287..
Individuals — Walker Franklin, Prospect Ridge, 70; Nic Pevny, Aspen, 72; Jack Pevny, Aspen 74; Westin Pals, Lutheran, 74; Jeffrey Zhu, Kent Denver, 74; Tayleb Schaefer, Sterling, 75; Suchit Sharma, Peak to Peak, 76; Jacob Buckendorf, Resurrection Christian, 77; Max Noffsinger, Frontier Academy, 77; Peter Stinar, St. Mary’s 77; Blake Keetch, Montezuma-Cortez, 77; Jackson Lowe, Lutheran, 77.
Holy Family scores — Jacob Mason 78; Jackson Grace 78; Garrett Green 79; Leo Nelson 92.