AURORA | Regis Jesuit’s chances of winning a fourth straight Class 5A boys state golf championship looked pretty good Wednesday.
On the same day it was announced that the 5A state tournament would move to Murphy Creek G.C. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, the Raiders rolled to a 13-stroke victory on the same course during the 5A Central Regional tournament.
Senior Spencer Painton won medalist honors with a blistering 4-under-par 68, leading a slew of three Raiders in the top four — which also included runner-up senior Jake Kelley with a 1-under 71 and senior Chris Korte, who tied for fourth with a 1-over 73 — as coach Craig Rogers’ team earned one of the two automatic team bids to the 5A state tournament.
Junior Jack Lazzeri tied for 11th with a 78 to round out the results for Regis Jesuit, winner of the past three state titles.
Painton opened his round with a birdie on Hole No. 1 and absolutely cruised from there, getting to 6-under by the end of the front nine. He got as low as 8-under after making birdie on the 600-yard, par 5 Hole No. 15. Two bogeys and a double in his last three holes brought him in with a 68.
Kelley also birdied No. 15, his opening hole, but gave two strokes back with a double bogey on No. 16. Two birdies in his next four holes put him back under par and he remained there or even until a birdie on No. 13 helped him finish with his 71. Korte had three birdies in his round and sat even until a bogey on No. 17 resulted in his 1-over.
Aurora’s two other entries in the regional, Eaglecrest and Gateway, finished 11th and 15th, respectively, and weren’t able to get any individual qualified for state.
Senior Isaiah Dixon led the Raptors with a 16-over 88, which tied for 30th, while Ryan Beaulieu checked in 33rd with a 90 and Justin Tyler tied for 36th at 91.
Luke Hemphill paced Gateway with a 107.
2013 5A CENTRAL REGIONAL BOYS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sept. 18 at Murphy Creek G.C. (par 72)
Team scores: 1. REGIS JESUIT 212; 2. Ralston Valley 225; 3. Arapahoe 330; 4. Legacy 233; 5. Douglas County 234; 6. Legend 246; 7. Bear Creek 256; 8. Pomona 260; 9. Rocky Mountain 261; 10. Pine Creek 263; 11. EAGLECREST 269; 12. Mountain Range 281; 13. Brighton 293; 14. Central (G.J.) 310; 15. GATEWAY 342
Top 15 individuals: 1. SPENCER PAINTON (REGIS JESUIT) 68; 2. JAKE KELLEY (REGIS JESUIT) 71; 3. Kyler Dunkle (Douglas Co.) 72; T4. CHRIS KORTE (REGIS JESUIT) 73; T4. Keegan Sheard (Ralston Valley) 73; T4. Roy Carlsen (Ralston Valley) 73; 7. Sam Marley (Arapahoe) 74; 8. Russell Otten (Arapahoe) 75; T9. Spencer Glen (Legacy) 77; T9. Trevor Glen (Legacy) 77; T11. Grant Olinger (Pomona) 78; T11. JACK LAZZERI (REGIS JESUIT) 78; T13. Li Chen (Legacy) 79; T13. Neil Tillman (Ralston Valley) 79; T15. Christian Madden (Pine Creek) 80; T15. Garrett Jones (Ralston Valley) 80
AURORA TEAM RESULTS
Eaglecrest (269): T30. Isaiah Dixon 88, T33. Ryan Beaulieu 90; T36. Justin Tyler 91; 53. Alejandro Torres 104; Gateway (342): 56. Luke Hemphill 107; 58. Ryan Kelley 116; 59. Cody Coldiron 119; 60. Joseph Miller 125; Regis Jesuit (212): 1. Spencer Painton 68, 2. Jake Kelley 71, T4. Chris Korte 73, T11. Jack Lazzeri 78