SHS golf wins second straight league match
LAKEWOOD – Led by its three senior stars, the Summit High School golf team won its second consecutive Jeffco League match on Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, beating the field by a remarkable seven strokes.The Tigers’ top four scorers shot a combined 309, a season best for Summit and the second-best score for any school in the five 4A Jeffco matches this year. SHS coach Chris Saunders’ team has won three of those five matches; defending league champ Ralston Valley won the other two.Emerging senior Phil Camillo was the Tigers’ low man for the second straight tournament, firing a 74 for his best score of the season. He finished third individually among the 40 golfers who scored for their teams.Fellow senior Jason Chrobak rebounded from a tough tournament his last time out to finish fourth with a 75; Eric Nilsson, also a senior, shot 78 and finished sixth.Speaking of the way Camillo has suddenly caught fire, Saunders said it comes down to a take-no-prisoners approach.”He has a lot of confidence,” said the second-year coach. “The thing with Phil is, he’s not scared to shoot low. When you start having a good round you start thinking about it sometimes, but he’s not playing like that.”Sophomore Jimmy Keeling, the Tigers’ fourth scorer Wednesday with a 12th-place 82, said he can’t explain the recent surge by Summit’s seniors.”They’ve been playing pretty well lately, but to tell you the truth, I really don’t know what it is,” Keeling said. “I guess good things have just been happening.”Summit was followed by second-place Evergreen (316) and third-place D’Evelyn (321). Ralston Valley finished fifth with a score of 326.According to Saunders, the leaguewide camaraderie built up throughout the season has helped the scores of all teams continue to drop.”I’ve gotta give credit to the competition in the conference right now,” he said. “All the kids know each other, they all like playing each other. It’s really driving the scores low. “After the match (Wednesday) Evergreen said to us, ‘Hey, where you guys going to eat? We’ll meet you there.’ That’s what kind of camaraderie there is in the conference right now.”Summit plays its lone home match on Monday at the Keystone Ranch Invite, then wraps up league play on Tuesday at Coal Creek.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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