Boys Golf: Aurora teams to decide regional spots in league finales

Cherokee Trail's Zach Goldsmith
Cherokee Trail senior Zach Goldsmith watches his tee shot during the Centennial League boys golf tournament on Aug. 21, 2014, at Saddle Rock Golf Course. Goldsmith and the Cougars trail Arapahoe by two strokes going into the final league meet of the season on Sept. 4 at Aurora Hills G.C. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Amazingly enough, the postseason picture in boys golf is coming into view and will become clearer when Thursday’s action wraps up.

Both the Centennial League and the EMAC conclude their league seasons, with the final standings determining which of the four Class 5A regional tournaments each team will be entered in on Sept. 15.

The most has yet to be decided in the Centennial League, where the back-and-forth battle between Cherokee Trail and Arapahoe will come to an end based on the results of the fifth and final tournament, scheduled to tee off at noon at Aurora Hills G.C.

The Cougars and Warriors each have finished first in two of the previous four tournaments and Arapahoe holds a scant two-stroke lead going into the final.

The winner earns the league title and a trip to the Southern Regional, set for Wellshire Golf Course in Denver, while the runner-up is bound for the Central Regional at Green Valley Ranch G.C.

The rest of the Centennial League places seem pretty well locked in. Grandview leads Mullen by just 12 strokes in the race for the No. 4 spot behind Cherry Creek, but with Mullen dropping down to 4A for the postseason, the Wolves are virtually guaranteed to finish fourth.

Smoky Hill in all likelihood will finish sixth and Eaglecrest seventh, but would each jump up a spot with Mullen gone, while Overland is set in eighth.

The EMAC decides its final league standings on the basis of the combination of two major tournaments featuring the North and South divisions playing each other. The first major took place at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course, while the second is slated for 10 a.m. Thursday at Legacy Ridge G.C.

Prairie View currently holds the lead thanks to a team total of 245 in the first major, followed by Brighton at 252 and Northglenn/Thornton at 267.

Aurora’s top finisher was Rangeview, which checked in with a fourth-place total of 275. The Raiders would head to the Central Regional if they finished in fourth.

Gateway is in line to finish sixth and Aurora Central eighth.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel