Published: October 4, 2013
EVERGREEN - With an ordinary 3-foot tap-in for par on the 18th hole, Isaac Petersilie made history for Coronado, winning the school's first golf individual state title.
At that point, the Cougars sophomore didn't realize the gravity of his 74th and final shot at the end of a nerve-wracking Tuesday at the 4A boys' golf tournament at Hiwan Golf Club, where the leaderboard changed four times during the course of 18 topsy-turvy holes.
"He just has a maturity beyond his 15 years," an emotional Cougars third-year coach Blake Miller said. "I'm really proud of him. He knows how to make smart decisions, and this victory is all his. For him to pull this off, it's amazing. I can't imagine what he's feeling."
In the end, Petersilie finished just one shot ahead of Cheyenne Mountain junior Wilson Belk. Minutes before Petersilie completed his round, Belk, who started the hole in a tie at 4-over, had his 25-foot par putt lip out, ringing off the right side of the cup.
"It's pretty cool for Colorado Springs to go 1-2," Cheyenne Mountain coach Bill Paulson said.
Cheyenne Mountain and Coronado started the day in solid contention for a team title, trailing leader Silver Creek by seven and 11 shots, respectively. As each gradually fell out of serious contention, however, their top golfers remained at the top of the 84-participant field.
After 12 holes, Petersilie, Belk and Pueblo West senior Glenn Workman all shared the lead at 3-over par. When the trio reached the 17th hole, Belk trailed the duo by a shot.
Then, things got interesting.
While Belk stayed at plus-4 with a par, Petersilie missed a short par putt for his second straight bogey. Workman's day unraveled with a triple-bogey six on a three-putt on the always unpredictable greens of Hiwan.
That left the par-4 No. 18, the final hole in a season that started more than six weeks ago with big dreams. Petersilie reached the green in two solid shots, leaving his fourth shot just a few feet away from the cup for par.
"I thought my last shot was to go into a playoff," Petersilie said. "I knew Wilson birdied 15 and then bogeyed 16, but that was about it. When I was in contention last year, I had an idea of the pressure. Pretty much the key to this course was getting the ball in the right place, to put it in the fairway and give myself a chance."
Throughout the 36-hole tournament, Petersilie avoided a day-changing calamity that seemed to claim so many others, such as Silver Creek's Andrew Rademacher-Howe, who shot a 1-under-par 69 Monday and was cruising until a quadruple-bogey 7 on No. 9. He finished 9-over, five shots behind Petersilie, who had nine bogeys.
"I knew everyone would have their troubles," Petersilie said. "I was just trying to focus on doing one thing at a time and nothing more."
Belk's only big troubles occurred Monday, when he double-bogeyed No. 1, then recollected himself and finished 1-over for the round, just one shot behind Petersilie.
"I'm pretty disappointed, for sure," Belk said. "That last shot caught the cup. But I also got lucky a few times, too. I played wonderfully and have a lot of positives to take away. I'll feel pretty good later. But congratulations to Isaac. He's a player and has all the talent in the world. He deserves it, and he's got so much class. Kudos to him, for sure."
5A winner and Area Finishers
At Murphy Creek Golf Course; Par 72
1. Spencer Painton (RJ 66 72 - 138
T47. Ben Tarasiewicz (Ram) 81 79 - 160
T47. Alex Gumper (Pal) 78 82 - 160
T70. Anthony Augelli (Doh) 84 85 - 169
T77. Christian Madden (PC) 85 87 - 172
4A winner and Area Finishers
At Hiwan Golf Course; Par 70
1. Isaac Petersilie (Cor) 70 74 - 144
2. Wilson Belk (CM) 71 74 - 145
19. Dylan Hall (VR) 77 82 - 159
T24. Pat Shin (CM) 81 81 - 162
27. Turner Estes (CM) 78 85 - 163
T28. Wes Moran (Cor) 80 84 - 164
T30. Austin Burgess (Cor) 84 81 - 165
T35. Cole Anderson (CM) 88 78 - 166
41. Braden Bentley (MR) 83 86 - 169
T42. Blake Becco (AA) 81 89 -170
T50. Kyle Kleckner (Cor) 85 87 - 172
56. Marcus Fenimore (LP) 92 83 - 175
T57. Cody Steigerwalkd (AA) 89 87 - 176
61. Owen Pasvogel (DC) 86 91 - 177
T62. Devin Bruecken (PR) 92 86 - 178
71. Pierce Delacretaz (PR) 89 96 - 185
T76. Jacob Trujillo (DC) 88 102 - 190
80. McKay Diedrich (CC) 93 100 - 193
81. Logan Gorman (MR) 98 96 - 194
84. Dean Hall (VR) 84 DQ - DQ
3A winner and Area Finishers
Pueblo Country Club; Par 71
1. Tristan Rohrbaugh (Bas) 71 70 - 141
16. Trevor Hunt (MS) 80 78 - 158
T28. Drew Mendoza (MS) 83 82 - 165
T30. Jack Yuan (FV) 82 84 - 166
T40. Jakob Bucher (SM) 91 80 - 171
T40. Adin Berns (MS) 89 82 - 171
T40. Noah Shin (TCA) 85 86 - 171
T48. Bryce Kuyper (CSCS) 86 87 - 173
T53. Josh Gordon (TCA) 92 83 - 175
67. Jimmy Velten (SM) 91 91 - 182
T70. Davis Cagle (CSS) 92 93 - 185
78. Jacob Hoekert (CSCS) 100 93 - 193
80. Adam Newell (FV) 95 102 - 197
81. Caleb Cole (Flo) 98 100 - 198