Finally, the time came for Rampart to finish the boys' golf season on top of the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League standings.
Thanks to bad timing, the Rams won't get to play at a familiar course in hopes of qualifying for the upcoming state tournament.
"You'd think you'd get a home-course advantage for winning your league," second-year coach Scott Blatnick said. "That's the downfall of the new system, but our kids are excited to hold the title. I heard we hadn't won the league in the last 15 years."
Prior to the season, all 5A golf teams were seeded at random to four regional tournament sites. The eventual champion, Rampart, earned a slot in the Northern regional in Broomfield on Tuesday. The Metro League's third-place squad, Palmer, got the nod to play at Monday's Southern regional at the Colorado Springs Country Club.
"It's vastly different than it's ever been," longtime Palmer coach Jason Kohl said. "I'm not sure why. I didn't think it was broken. Ours is the only big league that the champ doesn't host the regional. All the other league champs host their regionals."
As of Sunday night, Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield still plans on holding the tournament Tuesday despite record-setting rains and devastating floods in the area.
All practice rounds were canceled leading into the 5A Southern regional at Colorado Springs Country Club, where teams will tee off at 9 a.m. Monday.
Elsewhere, Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo will host the 4A Southern region event Monday, where Pikes Peak Athletic Conference and Metro League squads are among 22 schools vying for the two team and 13 individual berths for the state tournament, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Area 3A teams head farther south to Hollydot Golf Course in Colorado City.