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Summit High School golf team hosts home tourney at Keystone Ranch, Sept. 8

Before school was even in session, Summit High's star golf foursome was already taking home a big, fat, cardboard check, like the kind pros get, or the kind Happy Gilmore desperately wanted.

On July 17, the Tigers top players — senior Keegan Cancelosi, senior Graham Gaspard, junior Tyler Horii and junior Dorje John — joined up for the annual Golf Fore Education scramble tournament, hosted at the team's home course, Keystone Ranch, as a benefit for the nonprofit Education Foundation of the Summit. Head coach Gary Sorenson asked his most experienced guys to represent the team and "they were more than thrilled for the opportunity," he said.

It showed. The crew shot an astounding 51 in 18 holes to win the tourney and take home $1,100, which they promptly donated to the team.

"That sure encouraged me to think we would be a pretty formidable team this season," Sorensen said.

But golf is a tricky game. Today at 10 a.m. — a little over halfway through the high school season — the Tigers host a slew of visiting teams for the annual Keystone Invitational. The home team enters the Keystone Ranch tourney solidly in the middle of the pack, with a handful of stellar individual performances during the season.

The team started with a string of back-to-back-to-back tournaments. First up was the season opener at Battlement Mesa Golf Club in Parachute on Aug. 15, where the team shot a combined 264 to finish 7 out of 16 teams. Horii lead the Tigers with an 86.

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Next up was a trip on Aug. 16 to EagleVail Golf Club — what Sorensen calls a "very difficult course" — where the team shot 10 over the previous week for 274. Gaspard was a bright spot on a rough day, shooting 80 to end in the top-10 for individual golfers.

The final tourney in the early season trio took the Tigers to Gypsum Creek Golf Course on Aug. 17. It was their best showing so far, with a team score of 243 to finish second out of 12 teams. Cancelosi had a whopping six birdies to score 74 and take second out of 60 golfers. In their first outing, the JV team also took second with a combined 267.

After about a week off, the team went to Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 23 to see if they could maintain the momentum from Gypsum Creek. They did, Sorensen said, but the competition was stiffer this time around: the Tigers shot 244 (just one over the Gypsum Creek score) to finish 8 out of 13 teams. Gaspard had another good round, shooting 78 to finish 13th overall, while the JV squad shot a respectable 274 to take fourth out of seven teams.

"Two tourneys in the middle of the pack and two very fine team scores, including a second-place finish, should encourage anybody," Sorensen said before a late addition, the Adobe Creek National tourney in Fruita on Aug. 31. "Couple that with some outstanding individual performances and there is lots to look forward to."

The Tigers tee off today at 10 a.m.

Keystone Ranch Invitational

What: The sole home tournament of the high school golf season, hosted by the Tigers team on 18 links-style holes at the Keystone Ranch course

When: Thursday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.

Where: Keystone Ranch golf course, 1239 Keystone Ranch Road in Keystone

The tourney is open to pre-registered high school golfers only. The course will be closed to the public during the tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information on the Tigers golf team, see http://www.summit.k12.co.us.

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