SHS golf: Tigers take title at Keystone Ranch Invite
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Summit County, Colorado
KEYSTONE – Coaches and players were ducking for cover as the rain pelted the scoring area at Keystone Ranch Golf Course on Wednesday. It was cold and wet and not at all like a good day for golf in Summit County.
Yet, Summit High head coach Gary Sorensen didn’t mind it one bit.
“Do I look happy? I’m standing out here grinning like an idiot in the rain, 40-degree rain,” Sorensen said. ” … I’m extremely happy and pleased for the boys.”
To figure out why, all you had to do was check out the scoreboard. Sorensen’s team had three finishers in the top-7 on its way to a three-man total of 234 and a win in the 13-team Keystone Ranch Invitational.
“This is just so sweet, and we had some good competition,” the coach added. “It was not a tournament of also-rans.”
In fact, the Tigers literally needed everything they had to take home the trophy.
Sophomore Dylan Mitchell lead the Tiger effort, firing a 5-over-par 77 to finish in a four-way tie for second, and junior Evan Streit was one shot behind him in sixth place. Senior Dak Dice rounded out the “counting” scores with a 79, finishing T-7.
But it wound up being the score of senior Aaron Redner that determined if Summit won.
Summit and Montrose High School both finish at 234, and the champion was determined by taking each team’s fourth score. In the case of the Tigers, that was Redner, who fired an 84, two shots better than Montrose’s low man.
“We were second last year, just three strokes out,” Sorensen said. “And I’m not sure if (Summit) has ever won this before.”
The team that finished third on the day was the defending 4A state champion, Valor Christian. The private school from the Front Range, which has been dominating the Jeffco League all season, was just two shots out of first place.
The teams battled through some tricky winds and eventual downpours on a course that can play tough under the easiest of conditions.
The Tigers practice at Keystone Ranch during the season, and Dice felt that was certainly an advantage.
“It’s nice to know where to go and where to hit the ball, but I should’ve shot better,” the senior said.
Dice was on the first tee only 13 hours after helping the SHS soccer team to a 2-2, double-overtime tie against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. He said the quick turnaround may have affected his game a bit.
“I started out with a double today and got a couple birdies after that, but a couple putts got away from me and I made a few bogeys coming in,” he said.
For Mitchell, the Tigers’ No. 1 player felt as though his score could have been a bit lower as well. He said he hit a number of shots inside birdie range on the day but wasn’t able to get putts to drop.
“I thought I was going to play a little bit better, but it’s hard to be mad with a 77,” he said. “I’ll definitely take it.”
Summit also had a second team compete in the tourney. With two freshmen in the lineup, the “Summit White” team – which did anything but blend in with its matching camouflage hats – finished in eighth place, with Brian Metzger as the low man with an 82.
The Tigers are back in action on Friday with a Jeffco League meet at Hyland Hills Golf Course.
Wednesday’s win certainly gives the team quite a bit of confidence heading down the stretch run of the season.
“This indicates the possibility of continued success,” Sorensen said. “You definitely can’t count your chickens before they hatch … but I’m encouraged.”
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