Boys Golf: Key dates, information for 2016 season

Smoky Hill High School boys golf Chris Kennedy on Thursday Aug. 04, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Smoky Hill sophomore Chris Kennedy qualified for last season’s Class 5A boys state golf tournament when he made it through a four-man playoff following regionals. Kennedy is one seven returning state qualifiers from Aurora programs for the 2016 season. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)


Key dates: Aug. 8 — Practice begins; Aug. 11 — First tournaments allowed; Sept. 12-16 — Regional tournaments; Sept. 26-27 — State tournaments (5A, Bookcliff Country Club; 4A, River Valley Ranch; 3A, Saddle Rock Golf Course)


5A Regionals (based on final league standings — 2 automatic teams, 13 individuals not on a team qualify for state from each regional): Southern (Centennial League host, TBA) – Centennial Nos. 1, 5; Colorado Springs Metro Nos. 1, 5; Jeffco Nos. 2, 6; EMAC Nos. 3, 7; Front Range Nos. 3, 7, 11; Continental Nos. 2, 6, 10; Central (Denver League host, TBA) — Denver No. 1; Southwestern No. 1;  Centennial Nos. 2, 6; Colorado Springs Metro Nos. 2, 6; Continental Nos. 3, 7; Jeffco Nos. 3, 7; Front Range Nos. 4, 8, 12; EMAC Nos. 4, 8; Northern (EMAC host, TBA) — EMAC Nos. 1, 5, 9; Front Range Nos. 1, 5, 9; Denver No. 2; Southwestern No. 2; Centennial Nos. 3, 7; Colorado Springs Metro No. 3, 7; Continental Nos. 4, 8; Jeffco No. 4; Western (Jeffco League, TBA): Jeffco Nos. 1, 5, 8; Continental Nos. 1, 5, 9; EMAC Nos. 2, 6; Front Range Nos. 2, 6, 10, 13; Centennial No. 4; Colorado Springs Metro No. 4; Southwestern 3; 4A Region 3 (Northridge host, TBA at Boomerang Golf Links): Vista PEAK, Berthoud, Centaurus, Erie, Fort Morgan, Frederick, Greeley Central, Longmont, Mountain View, Niwot, Northridge, Roosevelt, Silver Creek, Skyline, Thompson Valley, Windsor

Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — Larry Taylor; Cherokee Trail — Troy Flores; Eaglecrest — Stan Adams; Gateway — Brian Dossey; Grandview — Randy Smith; Hinkley — Andy Robinson; Overland — Casey Coy; Rangeview — Merlin Johnson; Regis Jesuit — Craig Rogers; Smoky Hill — Jim Riesenman; Vista PEAK — Michael Dougherty

Returning Class 5A/4A state qualifiers: Davis Bryant, Eaglecrest, jr.; Sha Jefferson, Vista PEAK, soph. (4A); Christopher Kennedy, Smoky Hill, soph.; Cal McCoy, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Bradley Scalia, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Danny Taggart, Grandview, sr.; Tyler Zhang, Regis Jesuit, sr.

Aurora golfers to watch: Drew Anderson, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Brandon Armitage, Grandview, sr.; Beam Boonta, Cherokee Trail, fr.; Saben Brooks, Gateway, jr.; Jared Clanton, Rangeview, sr.; Kyle Colen, Smoky Hill, sr.; R’Ron Fisher, Aurora Central, sr.; Cole Johnson, Smoky Hill, sr.; Justin Markel, Regis Jesuit, sr.;  Luke Meier, Vista PEAK, sr.; Levi Robinson, Rangeview, jr.; Jack Stephenson, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Danny Taggart, Grandview, sr.*; Harry Woodward, Regis Jesuit, sr.