Rain or shine, mild-mannered Isaac Petersilie is quickly making believers out of everyone.
On a damp Wednesday afternoon, the Coronado sophomore hit every fairway off his tee shot, buried a 30-foot birdie putt and won his second consecutive tournament as he shot a one-under-par 71 at Eisenhower Golf Course at the Kadet Invitational.
As for team scores: Cheyenne Mountain finished first with three of its golfers finishing in the top six, while Denver schools Arapahoe and Valor Christian took second and third, respectively.
Elsewhere, Petersilie along with three junior varsity teammates finished fifth behind Discovery Canyon.
"You want to win any tournament you're in so that's always nice," said Petersilie, who won the Woodland Park Invitational Tuesday with a score of 68. "I feel like I'm playing well, but you always want to get better. And I think will."
No reason he can't. After less than four years of playing golf, the returning state qualifier probably shouldn't have a 250-yard drive or a nearly flawless drop-down shot, but he does.
Wednesday, the soft-spoken No. 1 Cougars player dropped in three pars between bogeys on his first and last hole to finish the round as the only golfer under par.
"It started off rough today, and then I got it together, and then it got a little rough at the end. But I kept it together so that's what you want," said Petersilie, who hit birdie putts from 3, 12 and 30 feet. "I know going forward if I keep it together I give myself a chance to win."
Following Petersilie into the clubhouse was Grandview's Devyn Solono (73) and Indians junior Cole Anderson (74).
Anderson, who is looking to lead Cheyenne Mountain to its first state championship since 2004, said he and his team are trying to take it one step at a time.
"I mean the goal is always to win a title here, but we are taking it day by day, and we start region play on Monday," said Anderson, who was followed in by teammates Turner Estes (76, fourth), Patrick Shin (77, sixth) and Wilson Belk (80). "I mean Wilson has been playing great even though he had a rough day, and Patrick and Turner have been playing great, too. As for me, I feel like I'm getting better and better. I had a rough summer but I've turned it around. . Today, I just missed putts I should make - I'm going to go work on putting now."
It'll take that kind of drive.
Because for now, Cheyenne Mountain (Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) and Coronado (4A Metro League) look like the favorites to win their leagues once again this season. But to keep on course, Anderson and Petersilie will have to be the guys to lead them there.
"Golf is never easy, but you put so much time playing to get to this position," said Petersilie, who is one stroke ahead of Mesa Ridge's Braden Bentley on the Metro League leaderboard. "You want to be here now, so moving forward you can get to bigger and better things."