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Coronado's Petersilie, Palmer's Prater secure league titles
Cougars, Pine Creek win team trophies
Coronado's Isaac Petersilie had no expectations about winning the 4A Metro League individual championship coming into this, his freshman season.
“I actually didn't even know there was such a thing,” he admitted.
Petersilie shot an 80 Thursday at the Cougar Classic Invitational, giving him a four-tournament score of 307 toward the league title. Mesa Ridge's Braden Bentley was second at 320 and Coronado's Kyle Kleckner was third at 326.
The tournament, played at Kissing Camels Golf Club, was the final of four to determine the team and individual winners of the 4A Metro League and the last of five to determine the 5A Metro League winners.
Coronado won the 4A team title with a score of 951 for the four tournaments, well ahead of second-place Widefield.
“It's a huge step this year and we're proud of the team as a whole,” Coronado coach Blake Miller said. “We've got no seniors this year so we're looking good for a really strong year next year.”
Palmer's Colin Prater won Thursday's tournament with a 2-over par 72, two strokes ahead of Rampart's Ben Tarasiewicz.
“I hit a lot of greens today but didn't make a lot of putts,” Prater said. “I took advantage of the par 5s, that's what I did well today.”
Prater also wrapped up the 5A Metro League individual title with a four-tournament score of 288 (5A individuals were allowed to discard their highest score). Pine Creek's Arden Bevere was second at 313 and Tarasiewicz was third at 315.
“I've been working hard and the hard work has been paying off,” said Prater, who has won three consecutive league individual titles.
The 5A Metro league team title went to Pine Creek, which had a five-tournament score of 1,229. Palmer was second at 1,265, just a single stroke ahead of third-place Liberty.
“It was our second year back-to-back and that was one of our goals,” Pine Creek coach Dick Castle said. “We didn't play our best today but we had a big enough cushion that we could squeak through.”
Players had to contend with all four seasons in a single day, including a 35-minute lightning delay.
“The weather was really weird today,” Prater said. “It started out kind of cold and it started to rain. Then the sun came out and another storm came over and it poured.”
Cheyenne Mountain overcame the elements to win the team title in Thursday's 20-team event with a 234. Palmer and Coronado each scored 245.
It was the final tournament of the season for all of the Metro League teams, although a number of individuals will be headed to their respective classification state championships. For seniors like Prater, it will be their last chance at a state title. For freshmen like Petersilie, it's their first appearance on the state's biggest stage.
“I'm comfortable,” Petersilie said. “It should be a good test.”
Spoken with the nonchalance of a freshman.