Camillo, Tigers go low for second league win
ARVADA – Senior Phil Camillo fired a season-low 76 to lead the Summit High School golf team to its second 4A Jeffco League win of the season Thursday at Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada.The Tigers’ top four scorers put them at 318 as a team, two shots ahead of defending league champ Ralston Valley – which has won the other two league matches this season. Evergreen was third at 326.Camillo split his round equally, shooting 38 on both the front and back nines. Knowing the match was shaping up to be close, the senior fought through a triple bogey on the 16th to finish par-par on his final two holes and secure the victory.
“I knew Jason (Chrobak) wasn’t doing too well, so I knew I had to shoot low if we wanted to win,” said Camillo, who holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole to give him valuable confidence early on. “Keeping positive after my triple was the main thing.”Chrobak, who made the state tournament last season and has consistently been the Tigers’ low scorer lately, had what SHS coach Chris Saunders called an “off day.” He shot 83.The key to the victory, however, was the way in which the rest of the team picked up the slack for their struggling star.”The statement we made today is we played together as a team,” said Saunders. “We talked about it before the day started. Our No. 1 man had a bad day, but we covered him.”
Senior Eric Nilsson stepped up along with his classmate Camillo to shoot 79, good for sixth individually. (Camillo’s 6-over 76 put him in third, three strokes back of Golden’s Luke Valerius, who won.)Freshman Sean Miller fired an 80 to continue a solid first high school season; he took ninth individually. Sophomore Jimmy Keeling rounded out the Tigers’ competitors with an 84.The victory put Summit 36 strokes back of Ralston for the “Big Ten” lead. (There are 10 teams in 4A Jeffco.) With only two league matches remaining in the regular season, Saunders said he knows it’s not realistic for the Tigers to catch the Mustangs. Rather, maintaining their comfortable lead over third-place Evergreen and going into the postseason on a high note is the focus.
“What we want to do is win these last two league tournaments and prepare ourselves for regionals,” he said.The Tigers travel to Fox Hollow on Wednesday for the penultimate league match.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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