SHS golf season comes to an end at Keystone Ranch
KEYSTONE – After traveling to the Front Range week after week this season with average results, the Summit High School golf team had the privilege of hosting the regional golf tournament at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course on Monday. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the results were still average. As the leaders’ scores were coming in, Summit junior Jimmy Keeling, who shot an 81, was hoping his score would hold up for a top-five finish to send him to the state tournament. It didn’t. Keeling’s score earned him a 15th-place finish, best among the Tigers, and SHS finished sixth overall at its first and only home meet of the season.Colorado Academy, behind Mark Hubbard’s 70, and Golden finished first and second, respectively, to earn the top two team state qualifying spots. The individual qualifying score for the state tournament was 78.Sophomore Sean Miller shot 83, junior Rudi Turrin scored 84, and senior Brett Miller finished with an 85 for Summit. With the top three scores counting toward the team’s total, the Tigers finished with a 248, 20 strokes behind Colorado Academy.
Keeling led Summit despite shooting a triple bogey 8 on the first hole. He bounced back from the tough start to shoot 41 on the front nine.”I wanted to break 80 today,” Keeling said. “But after a triple bogey on the first, that’s pretty good.”Keeling said he thought the entire field struggled, mainly due to the garage floor-like putting greens. “These greens, Keystone does a great job of making them as tough as possible,” Keeling said.And he was right, at least in regard to his teammates. Sean Miller three-putted the second hole for a double bogey, and his brother, Brett, also struggled on the putting surface.
“I hit the ball well, but I putted terribly,” Brett Miller said. “I had seven or eight three-putts, and that’s just not getting it done.”During the regular season, each Jeffco League meet required the teams to play five players with the top four scores counting. Summit coach Chris Saunders said counting only three scores on Monday was a disadvantage for the Tigers. “We have five guys that all shoot about the same,” Saunders said. “Other teams may have two or three guys that shoot lower scores and one guy that shoots a 90.”The Tiger golfers practiced daily at the Ranch during the season, but Sean Miller said it’s entirely different playing on the familiar links-style course when it counts. “There’s a lot more pressure,” Miller said. “On the first tee I was a little nervous. I think everyone was.” During a season in which they rarely strayed far from the middle of the pack, Summit’s players consistently played in the low 80s, but never put together low scores across the board at a particular tournament.
“It was a fun team,” Keeling said. “We just never all scored well on the same day.”Senior Brett Miller is the only Tiger not returning next season.”I haven’t really thought about next year,” Saunders said. “We have a good nucleus coming back.”Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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