Tigers miss state golf tournament by one stroke
ARVADA – One stroke. That’s all that separated the Summit High School golf team from a berth in the state tournament on Monday. At the Tigers’ Class 4A regional tournament at West Woods Golf Club in Arvada, the Tigers shot a team score of 232. The score was based on the three best scores of four golfers, which differs from Jeffco League matches that are based on the four best scores of five golfers. With a 231, they would have entered into a three-way playoff with Evergreen and Colorado Academy for a spot in the state tournament. Mullen won the regional tournament with a 228. Only the top two teams advanced. “We were expecting to make state,” said head coach Chris Saunders. “But the kids played as well as they could, and it just so happened that three teams played better on this particular day.”
All was not lost, however, as Jason Chrobak fired an even 72 to qualify for the state tournament as an individual for the second year in a row. “I’m glad we got at least one player in the state tournament,” said senior Phil Camillo, who missed joining Chrobak on the individual qualification list by, of all things, one stroke. Camillo carded an 80, as did his teammate Sean Miller. Eric Nilsson shot an 89. Despite missing the state qualification, the mood on the team was generally upbeat afterward.”Overall, I’m pretty satisfied (with the season),” Camillo said.The team entered the regionals fresh off of a winning streak that spanned three Jeffco League matches dating to Sept. 8 at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood. The win streak also included a title in the Tigers’ only home match of the season, the Keystone Ranch Invite on Sept. 13, which didn’t affect their league standings. The team went on a rampage in the final two Jeffco matches of the season when it made up 35 strokes on league leader Ralston Valley to tie for the league title. Those accomplishments alone made the season a success, Saunders said.
Though the regional tournament didn’t go 100 percent according to plan, Saunders defined the day as a “strong showing” by the team.”On the one side, it’s really disheartening,” Saunders said. “But on the other side, it’s ‘Hey, we only missed it by one stroke.’ That’s pretty good.”According to Chrobak, whose 72 was good for fourth place overall in the tournament, his hardest moment came early on when he opened his day with a bogey, then followed it with a double bogey.But he kept his composure and recovered to shoot the second-best score of his career, one-better than the 73 he fired at last year’s regionals to win the tournament and advance to state for the first time. “I concentrated on not getting too mad with myself,” Chrobak said. “I really kept my emotions in check.”Chrobak birdied the third hole, then followed that up two holes later with a birdie built on an approach shot that landed within three feet of the hole from 110 yards out.
“That’s when I started rolling,” he said.Chrobak noted that the course was more difficult to play than during last week’s practice round or at the Jeffco League Match held there on Aug. 23, which the Tigers also won. Saunders agreed, pointing out that the greens were rolling much faster than before. “It’s an easy course tee to green,” he said. “But the greens are the equalizer.” Chrobak will take on the rest of Colorado’s best 4A players Oct. 4-5 at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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