LITTLETON | Coming into the season, the Grandview boys golf team had entertained ideas of qualifying a team for the Class 5A state tournament.
The Wolves ended up one member shy of that goal at the 5A Western Regional tournament on Monday at Raccoon Creek G.C., as seniors Devyn Solano and Kyle Carr were the only two to make it through.
On a course that was in remarkably good shape considering the downpour the previous week, Solano shot a 7-over-par 79 to finish in a tie for 12th individually and secure his second straight trip to the 5A state tournament, which is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Aurora’s Murphy Creek G.C. He’ll be joined by Carr — who lost out on a chance to go to state in a regional playoff last season — who tied for 15th with an 80.
Chaad Tam came closest to making it a team for coach Randy Smith’s Wolves, but finished with an 82 to tie for 22nd.
Solano — who finished fifth in the Centennial League’s individual standings — struggled with his third hole, as a 9 on the par-5 Hole No. 2 and bogeys on three of the next four holes put him in a difficult position at plus-8 through just seven holes. Back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and No. 10 and pars on seven of his final eight holes kept Solano in position to make state.
Meanwhile, Carr started his round with a birdie on No. 17 — his opening hole — and was back at even after a bogey on No. 1. He was at plus-2 through 13 holes, but bogeys on four of his final five holes left him at 8-over for the day. Fortunately for Carr, he didn’t have to endure a playoff as he did last season when he came up short in a regional playoff at CommonGround G.C. that took two days because of darkness.
Tam sat at plus-5 with just five holes remaining, but back-to-back double bogeys on No. 9 and No. 10 put him on the outside of the group vying for state berths.
Grandview’s team score of 241 tied it for fifth with George Washington, while Rangeview also represented Aurora and ended up tied for 12th in the 15-team field at 273.
The top finisher for coach Merlin Johnson’s Raiders was Mitchell Claypool, who carded a 14-over 86 to take 33rd individually.
Winner Boulder and runner-up Grand Junction snared the two automatic team berths to the state tournament, while Boulder’s Grant Rogers won a playoff with George Washington’s Erik Young for individual medalist honors. Both shot 1-under 71s, but Rogers made par on the first playoff hole to break the tie.
2013 5A WESTERN REGIONAL BOYS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sept. 16 at Raccoon Creek G.C. (par 72)
Team scores: 1. Boulder 222, 2. Grand Junction 230, 3. Loveland 233, 4. Lakewood 239, T5. GRANDVIEW 241, T5. George Washington 241, T5. Highlands Ranch 241, 8. ThunderRidge 248, 9. Doherty 253, 10. Dakota Ridge 254, 11. Poudre 262, T12. RANGEVIEW 273, T12. Castle View 273, 14. Fountain-Fort Carson 285, 15. Adams City 465
State qualifying individuals: T1. Erik Young (Geo. Washington) 71; T1. Grant Rogers (Boulder) 71; 3. Donny Kinnaman (Grand Junction) 74; 4. Grant Dinkel (Boulder) 75; T5. Alec Poorman (Boulder) 76; T5. Cole Bundy (Loveland) 76; T7. Evan Buchalski (Loveland) 78; T7. Greg Gibson (Grand Junction) 78; T7. Kevin Liao (Lakewood) 78; T7. Trevor Olkowski (Grand Junction) 78; T7. Tyler Zhang (Highlands Ranch) 78; T12. DEVYN SOLANO (GRANDVIEW) 79; T12. Alex Steine (Loveland) 79; T12. Anthony Augelli (Doherty) 79; T15. KYLE CARR (GRANDVIEW) 80; T15. Jack Matchinsky (ThunderRidge) 80; T15. Ryan Pearson (Highlands Ranch) 80; T15. Weston Mauz (Lakewood) 80
AURORA TEAM RESULTS
Grandview (241): T12. Devyn Solano 79 (5A state qualifier), T15. Kyle Carr 80 (5A state qualifier), T22. Chaad Tam 82, T48. Danny Taggart 94; Rangeview (273): 33. Mitchell Claypool 86, T46. Mitchell Votry 93, T48. Raymond Simanjuntak 94, 56. Tyler Hayes 111
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