The first state championship among fall sports is decided Oct. 4-5 with boys state golf tournaments that include a great deal of Aurora representation.
The Class 5A state tournament will be played at Colorado Springs Country Club with a field that includes 11 players from Aurora programs, including four-man teams from Grandview and Regis Jesuit.
Both the Wolves and Raiders earned regional championships to earn automatic state team spots — Grandview with a one-stroke win and Regis Jesuit with a win in a playoff over Cherry Creek — and will play together in the opening round Oct. 4.
The 10:21 a.m. pairing on Tee No. 1 includes Grandview’s Kenny VanWormer and Regis Jesuit’s Cole Dewey, while the 10:30 a.m. group includes Grandview’s Lukas Beisner and Regis Jesuit’s Jake Irvine, the 10:39 a.m. group features Grandview’s Alex Chitkoksoong and Regis Jesuit’s Will Bikulcius and the 10:48 a.m. group includes Grandview’s Charles O’Donnell and Regis Jesuit’s Roland Thornton.
Right behind those groups comes Eaglecrest’s Andrew White at 10:57 a.m. on Tee No. 1, while Cherokee Trail’s two qualifiers — Andrew Jang and Christopher O’Donnell — begin on Hole No. 10.
Of the Aurora group, VanWormer has the most state experience as he will be there for a fourth time, while his only teammate who has been to state before is Chitkoksoong.
White has qualified for the state tournament for a third straight season, while Jang is back as a senior after making it as a freshman.
The remainder of Aurora’s 5A state qualifiers — including all four Regis Jesuit players with only one senior in Bikulcius — make their debuts.
The lone Aurora golfer in the 4A state tournament at City Park G.C. is Vista PEAK’s Dawson Thulin, who is scheduled to tee off on Hole No. 1 at 10:57 a.m. Oct. 4.
Thulin makes his third state appearance with his top result in the previous two coming in 2019 when he tied for 21st, while he tied for 51st last season.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports