Jason Chrobak sets new mark for Summit golfers
DENVER – Summit High School junior Jason Chrobak knew he needed to birdie the final two holes to qualify for state Thursday at the 4A Regional Golf Tournament in Denver.
What he didn’t know, however, was he needed to birdie the last two holes to win the golf tournament. So, on No. 17, he knocked a 5-iron to three feet and made the putt. On No. 18, he reached the fringe of the par-5 in two, chipped to three feet and completed the round of 73 with a birdie-birdie finish.
“I had to sit and wait,” Chrobak said. “I thought 73 would be pretty good. But I thought better people would be coming in.”
They didn’t. So, Chrobak became the first in Tigers history to win the regional golf tournament, tied the school record and became the second in school history to advance to state.
“He just played consistent the whole season,” head coach Chris Saunders said. “To finish off with a win at regionals and go to state is a really good accomplishment. It gives us a really strong foundation to build on the next three years.”
The day didn’t start well for Chrobak. Feeling ill and sore on the first tee, he hit a wayward tee shot and scrambled to make bogey. After loosening up, Chrobak managed 11 straight pars.
“I managed to miss three 6-foot birdie putts, which got me a little frustrated,” Chrobak said. “And then, after doing that, I had a par-3 I got way too aggressive and I pulled it left. I ended up making bogey there.”
After two good par saves on the next two holes, Chrobak bogeyed 16 to go to 3-over-par.
“I got really aggressive,” he said. “I knew I had to birdie the last two holes to make it to state.”
On No. 17, a 210-yard par-3, Chrobak swung a 5-iron as hard as he could. On the 18th, riding the rush from his previous birdie, blasted a drive and a 3-iron to the fringe. Then, he waited and received his first-place ribbon.
“The lady butchered my name. She said “Chorbachash’ or something like that,” Chrobak said. “She turned a dove into a dead crow.”
The team finished third behind Holy Family and Mullen. Jake Dolack fired an 88, Eric Nilsson shot an 84 and Ethan Wolach carded an 85.
“We had a great group of young men,” Saunders said. “They like to play and they like to practice. Whatever routine I gave them, they did and did well. They didn’t complain. And when we went to tournaments, they never complained.”
Chrobak heads to the 4A state tournament in Alamosa on Sept. 28-29 for a 36-hole finale.
“I’m going to try to perfect my short game,” Chrobak said. “That’s what really helped me today.”
Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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