If there’s one word to describe The Classical Academy golfer Liam O’Halloran, it’d be this: consistent.

Round after round and tournament after tournament, he’s usually one of the top scorers.

This was evident last week, when he led the Titans to a fifth-place showing at the Class 3A state championships at Boulder Country Club. He fired a 2-over par 72 on the first day, followed by a 74 to finish with a 6-over 146 — enough for an eighth-place tie with Kent Denver’s Jeffrey Zhou.

His efforts landed him Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week.

Even for someone who is a state tournament regular, this season exceeded O’Halloran’s expectations.

He twice broke his personal best, including firing an eight-under par 64 with 10 birdies and six pars in the Canon City Invitational at Four Mile Ranch Golf Course in mid-August. He ended his junior season with four tournament victories.

“He’s a really good player, he plays smart golf,” Titans coach Bob Gravelle said. “He’s only a junior, so I think somebody for sure is going to look at him to play in college.”

That was part of the plan along.

He started golf as a child, thanks to his dad buying him his first set of clubs and taking him to the driving range. O’Halloran loved the sport so much that by the time he was in junior high school, he gave up other sports to solely focus on golf.

He also works at the Pine Creek Golf Course and works as a caddie at the Broadmoor. Those things help him grow as a golfer, because they’re nice reminders of the sport he loves.

“My goals are just to improve all ways,” O’Halloran said, “and to really try and focus on my game and try to improve on the things I’m not doing as much as I want to and also just to have momentum carrying into the high school season next year.”

During his freshman season, he finished in sixth-place at the state tournament.

So expect him to try to top that result again.

And he’s doing that by always playing golf and being around it.

“I like having fun with it,” he said.

Just the Facts Liam O’Halloran, The Classical Academy

Sport: Boys’ golf

Year: Junior

Stats: He carded a 2-over par 72 on the first day, followed by a 74 to finish with a 6-over 146 for an eighth-place finish at the Class 3A state championships in Boulder.

Favorite athlete: Rickie Fowler

Favorite movies: Anything by Marvel Studios

Other interests: Fishing

Other Peak Performers


Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge

The Colorado commit did it all in a 58-6 thumping of Lutheran last Friday, completing 9 of 18 passes for 206 yards and five touchdowns to go along with two rushing TDs.

Orlando Westbrook, Harrison

The senior scored three rushing TDs and completed 6 of 9 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in a dominating 42-0 win over Falcon last Saturday to keep the Panthers perfect at 6-0.

Boys’ golf

Drew Laake, Palmer Ridge

The senior pulled off a 79 in the first round before he capped off his last prep performance at the Class 4A state championships with a 2-over 74 to help the Bears place third in the team standings.

Boys’ soccer

Aly Kassam, Fountain Valley The senior completed a 10-goal run last week during wins over Dolores Huerta Prep and Evangelical Christian and a loss to Colorado Academy. Against Dolores Huerta Prep, he finished with six goals.


Lourdes Martinez, Pine Creek

The senior had standout numbers in wins over Fountain-Fort Carson and Rampart, finishing with six RBIs, four hits, two HRs and a double. The win over Rampart gave the Eagles an outright Class 5A CSML title.


Sarah Gardner, Woodland Park The junior helped lead the Panthers to a 5-1 record last week. In a 3-2 win over Canon City, she finished with a staggering 24 kills. During that stretch, she also record eight kills twice.

Chhun Sun is a sports reporter with an emphasis in preps. He joined The Gazette in April 2015 and covered public safety for three years before joining @gazettepreps staff. The Thailand-born Cambodian-American has been in journalism for nearly two decades.

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