Tiger golfers take title on home soil
KEYSTONE – The hardest part of being one of the first players off a golf course in a tournament is wondering how your score is going to stack up – especially if you’re convinced you didn’t play well.Such was the case for Summit High School’s Phil Camillo and Jason Chrobak after they finished 18 holes at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course on Monday, carding an 80 and 84, respectively. Neither score is close to a season low for the two seniors, and both launched into diatribes about how poorly they played as they waited for teammates Eric Nilsson and Jimmy Keeling to come in. In the end, every stroke mattered, as Summit managed to come out on top – by one stroke.
As scores started going up onto the scoreboard, however, the Tigers started to realize they actually had a shot at winning their only home tournament of the season. Player after player from seven different 4A schools came in with scores in the upper 80s and 90s. In a format using the three best scores out of each four-person team, Summit scored 245 when Eric Nilsson came in with an 81, which edged Holy Family’s 246. Keeling shot an 85, which was discarded in the team score.”We pulled it through as a team and I’m pretty happy about it,” Camillo said. “Still, I’m a bit disappointed. Overall we had a bad day. I know I could have shot better than an 80. I’m glad Eric backed it up with an 81.” Many of the golfers said one of the biggest challenges of the day were greens that were playing faster than normal. Without perfect placement, players had a hard time keeping their putts from rolling well past the hole. “It was glass out there,” Chrobak said. “That put everyone a little higher than they should have been.”
Added Karl Stasik of Holy Family, “You had to be below the hole or there was no way to get it.” Stasik won the tournament by firing a 75 on the par-72 course. The tournament has no effect on Summit’s second-place standing behind Ralston Valley in the Class 4A Jeffco League, but the team’s coaches took very seriously the matter of their players being unable to break 80. “Our score is respectable, but there are a lot of things they could have done to significantly lower their scores if they had managed the course better,” said assistant coach Mark Kleinschmidt. Everything from reading the courses better to picking the right clubs can have an impact on performance, he said.
The invitational tournament proved to be popular as 10 5A schools joined the 4A field for a separate tournament in which Ty Weir of Fairview and Darren Nutter of Cherry Creek fired the only sub-par performances of the day. Weir fired a 69 while Nutter shot a 70. Cherry Creek won the 5A tournament on a three-hole playoff with Lewis Palmer after both schools finished at 225. The Tigers wrap up their regular season today with their sixth and final Jeffco League Match. The boys will be looking to take their fourth league victory of the season at Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at email@example.com.
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