The final two spots in the Southern Regional Class 5A State Golf Tournament ended in a five-player playoff Monday at Parker’s Spring Valley Golf Club.
Two of those five players were freshmen from Fruita Monument, who narrowly missed their first place in a state tournament.
Fruita’s senior frontman Kade Hayward was safe in his third state tournament with an 80, winning eighth individual place, but freshmen Dillon Jones and Ky Korte, just two more strokes away, were sent for a playoff with Alex Burns and Ian Hunn of Fort Collins and Nathan Kim of Rock Canyon.
Burns and Hunn both hit normal putts, placing their approaches on or near the green at the first hole of the playoffs. Jones and Korte weren’t on the green and both missed the playoff hole, leaving them as substitutes for the state.
âThese two freshmen have been great throughout the year and they have played really well,â said Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox. “Kade has reached his third state tournament and I’m really happy for him.”
In the Northern Regional at the Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, Grand Junction freshman Jack Kaul clocked a 4-on-par 76 to place seventh overall and advance to his first state tournament.
Central and Palisade are playing today in the Region 4 Class 4A tournament at Cobble Creek in Montrose.
Montrose took a 7-6 victory over Palisade.
Anaiah Guajardo-Zarate hit a two-run homerun and added a brace for the Bulldogs (11-4), who face Horizon and Green Mountain on Friday at the Southwestern Classic in Canyon View Park.
All four teams from District 51 participate in the tournament with Conifer and Castle View. Matches take place at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.