Prater three strokes back at 5A state golf tournament

BRENT BRIGGEMAN Published: October 2, 2012

Palmer’s Colin Prater wishes he could have two par 3s back at the 5A state golf tournament.

He’ll get that chance.

Prater took a double bogey and triple bogey after finding water hazards but played the other 16 holes at 1-under-par and finished the first round three strokes off the lead and in a tie for fourth at 4-over 75 at the Club at Rolling Hills in Golden.

“If I just hit the green, that fixes that,” Prater said of holes No. 3 and 17. “They were just bad swings. I just lost concentration. If I miss anywhere else I’m fine, but I missed in the one spot I couldn’t miss on both and it just kind of bit me in the butt.”

Prater is making his fourth appearance at state and is in by far his best position going into the final round.

“I wish I could take back those two holes,” said Prater, who will play the same course Tuesday. “But I’m happy that I’m not sleeping on the lead. I can just go tomorrow and let everything go. It’s my final high school round and there’s no reason to hold anything back.”

Meanwhile, for the first time this season Cheyenne Mountain left the golf course looking up at someone else in the team standings.

But the deficit is not insurmountable for the Indians at the 4A tournament at the Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose.

The Indians top three scores totaled 226 on Monday, putting them in a tie with Silver Creek for third place in the team race, seven shots behind Valor Christian and six back of Pueblo South at the halfway point of the 36-hole tournament that will conclude Tuesday.

In the individual race, Cheyenne Mountain’s Wilson Belk is the top area 4A player through the first round at 2-over 74. The sophomore is in a two-way tie for 10th and trails leader Jacob Allenback of Pueblo Centennial by six shots. Allenback has a three-shot cushion after opening with a 68.

The other local golfers in the 4A top 30 after 18 holes were Cheyenne Mountain’s Cole Anderson (tied for 13th at 75) and Dan Belk (tied for 20th at 77), and Mesa Ridge’s Braden Bentley and Vista Ridge’s Dylan Hall, who were in a tie for 28th at 78.

Prater was the only local 5A player in the top 30 and, in 3A, Drew Mendoza of Manitou Springs and Christian Monett of Florence were tied for 10th and eight strokes back after shooting 78 on Monday at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. The Mustangs’ Trevor Hunt was one shot behind them.

Cheyenne Mountain’s six-shot deficit amounts to two strokes per golfer. To put into perspective the typical per-round swing for high school golfers, Allenback shot a 75 at the regional hosted by Cheyenne Mountain — six shots behind Wilson Belk and five behind Anderson – and improved by seven strokes on Monday. So the race is still wide open.

The race in 5A is also open, as Grand Junction’s Donny Kinnaman leads the way at 72. Palmer coach Jason Kohl is excited about the possibilities after watching Prater cruise around the course with the exception of two holes.

“Those were things we can easily fix tomorrow,” Kohl said. “It should be interesting.”

 

5A state championship, day one

At Rolling Hills Country Club (par 71)

Through Monday’s first round, tournament will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday.

1. Donny Kinnaman, Grand Junction   72

T2. Jack Pedersen, Ralston Valley   74

T2. Neil Tillman, Ralston Valley   74

T4. Kyler Dunkle, Douglas County   75

T4. Devyn Solano, Grandview   75

T4. Colin Prater, Palmer   75

T35. Ben Tarasiewicz, Rampart   81

T49. Garrett Frye, Pine Creek   84

T53. Arden Bevere, Pine Creek   85

T63. Alex Gumper, Palmer   88

76. Brent Whiting, Pine Creek   92

 

4A State ChampionShip, Day one

At The Links at Cobble Creek (par 72)

1. Jacob Allenback, Pueblo Centennial   68

T2. Andrew Howe, Silver Creek  71

T2. Dylan Mitchell, Summit  71

T2. Glenn Workman, Pueblo West   71

5. Chase Frederico, Pueblo South  72

T10. Wilson Belk, Cheyenne Mountian  74

T13. Cole Anderson, Cheyenne Mountain   75

T20. Dan Belk, Cheyenne Moutain  77

T28. Dylan Hall, Vista Ridge   79

T28. Braden Bentley, Mesa Ridge   79

T33. Isaac Petersilie, Coronado   80

T33. Justin Watson, Sand Creek   80

T44. Austin Burgess, Coronado   82

T44. Lucas Rockwell, Air Academy   82

T44. Alex Freimuth, Cheyenne Mountain   82

T51. Cale Brandt, Palmer Ridge   83

T51. Michael Kear, Canon City   83

T61. Jacob Trujillo, Discovery Canyon   86

T64. Logan Bryson, Lewis-Palmer   87

T78. Dwayne Skolski, Canon City   92

T82. Zach Pape, AIr Academy   95

 

3A state championship, day one

At Pinehurst Country Club (par 70)

T1. Ben Moore, Kent Denver   70

T1. Ethan Freeman, Kent Denver   70

T3. Dylan Jirsa, Estes Park   74

T3. Robby Bowles, Vail Christian   74

5. Jack Cummings, Faith Christian   75

T10. Drew Mendoza, Manitou Springs   78

T10. Christian Monett, Florence   78

T17. Trevor Hunt, Manitou Springs   79

T20. Thomas Mullett, Florence   80

T36. Noah Shin, TCA   85

T46. Caleb Cole, Florence   86

56. Michael Raab, CSS   90

T62. Davis Cagle, CSS   94

T69. Lucas Luchina, Manitou Springs   96

T74. Jacob Patch, Florence   97

T76. Jimmy Velten, St. Mary’s   98

79. Michael Polkow, CSCS   104

80. Trevor Schott, Fountain Valley   106

81. David Walter, CSCS   109

T82. Corey Craddock, CSCS   110

84. Adam Newell, Fountain Valley   111

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