Although this season ended short of expectations for Cheyenne Mountain, Indians coach Bill Paulson acknowledged notable achievements other than the obvious.
“Our No. 1 goal was to win the state championship, but golf is a fickle game,” the boys’ coach said. “Sometimes, it’s not meant to be. We won seven tournaments and finished second in the two other ones. Then we finished third at state. It was disheartening to us, but an awful lot of schools would like to be in that spot.”
Paulson’s squad, which featured two players — Turner Estes and Pat Shin — who entered the season with no varsity experience along with state returners in Wilson Belk and Cole Anderson, won the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference title, then took top team honors at the regional tournament at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo.
“This was one of our better finishes,” Paulson said. “It’s something to be proud of. I have a hard time selling our kids on that. They don’t feel the same way.”