SHS golfer gains state experience
ALAMOSA – Summit High School junior Jason Chrobak finished his season and the Class 4A boys state golf championship Tuesday with an 87.
While he finished well back of the winner, Cheyenne Mountain’s Tom Glissmeyer, Tigers head coach Chris Saunders said the learning experience should help Chrobak, who opened with a 79, for next season.
“He just couldn’t get anything to go his way today,” said Saunders, who just finished his first season as head coach. “If you told me at the beginning of the season that I’d finish second in league, third in regionals and have a state qualifier, I’d have said that would have been a stretch in the imagination.”
The Tigers graduate one senior, Ethan Wolach.
“Ethan was a quiet leader,” Saunders said. “He was the type of person who went out and practiced and played golf every day. When we had an option to go out and play after a two- hour practice, he’d always say, “Let’s go out and play.’ He was always the first at practice and the last to leave.”
Highlights this season included the Tigers’ two Class 4A Jeffco League tournament titles and Chrobak’s regional championship.
At state, Glissmeyer won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Montrose sophomore Erik Lundberg.
Last year, Glissmeyer lost the championship in a sudden-death playoff.
“There was going to be no repeat of last year,” said Glissmeyer, a junior.
In the playoff at Cattail Golf Course, Glissmeyer kept his drive straight down the fairway on No. 1. Lundberg’s drive went left behind some trees. Lundberg failed to clear the trees on the following shot and didn’t reach the green until his fourth shot on the 352-yard par-4, and bogeyed the hole.
Meanwhile, Glissmeyer played it safe, reached the green in two, and two-putted for par. Both entered the final round of the two-day 36-hole tournament at 67, four under par. Both shot 2-under par 69s Tuesday to finish 6-under in the tournament.
The playoff was an anticlimactic ending compared with the drama of the previous 18 holes.
“It was a brutal day,” Glissmeyer said. “It was an up and down day.”
Glissmeyer started the round with two bogies. He trailed by two strokes at the turn. Glissmeyer pulled even on No. 12, a 399-yard par-4, with a birdie, and a Lundberg bogey.
Then on No. 14, a 407-yard par-4, Glissmeyer’s drive went wide left and landed in an unplayable lie, under a bush. After taking a stroke penalty, Glissmeyer double bogeyed the hole, falling two shots behind Lundberg.
“(Lundberg) would make a birdie and I’d have to answer just to keep him in sight,” Glissmeyer said. “It was like I was trying to run up a wall of ice. I’d get a little way up and I’d slide back down.”
Glissmeyer sank a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 15 to pull within one stroke. Both birdied No. 16, and both parred No. 17. On No. 18 Glissmeyer slam dunked a 31-foot putt to tie it. “I wasn’t going to leave it short,” Glissmeyer said.
Lundberg’s 13-foot birdie putt for the win stopped an inch short. “It was the only one he left short all day,” Glissmeyer said of Lundberg, who one-putted 11 times on the day. Glissmeyer finished with seven birdies, while Lundberg had four.
Montrose won the team championship with a two-day total of 435. Mullen took second with 442, while Cheyenne Mountain was third with 447.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report
Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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