Isaac Petersilie has only been playing golf for five years, but the Coronado sophomore is playing like a veteran in 2013.
Through three tournaments in the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League, Petersilie has shot 210, and holds a one-stroke lead over Mesa Ridge’s Braden Bentley — who happens to be Petersilie’s good friend.
Last week Petersilie shot a 68 at Shining Mountain Golf Course to win the Panthers Invitational on Sept. 10. He followed that with a 71 and a win the next day at the Kadet Invitational. On Monday, Petersilie and his teammates qualified for the state tournament, as Coronado took second in its regional.
“He’s mentally tough and makes smart decisions,” Coronado coach Blake Miller said. “He has been hitting the ball well and is on top of his short game. But he also has good length and hits it big and has a soft touch around the greens.”
It’s hard to believe that Petersilie picked up a golf club for the first time just a short time ago. He said he wanted to make the middle school golf team, so he started playing about five years ago.
“I’ve been working on my mental approach; to not get ahead of myself and to take it one step at a time,” Petersilie said. “I’ve also been improving my wedge play, because I think what you can do with those shots can change your score and keep it low.”
Everything has been working for the sophomore so far this season, as he eyed a return trip to the state tournament. In 2012 he came in 26th, and his coach says he’s always on the course getting better.
“He’s very dedicated; he spends hours outside of practice and tournaments working on his game,” Miller said. “The other guys on the team work hard and push themselves to be better so they can keep up with him. He leads by example.”
Miller said that the experience of playing at state as a freshman helped Petersilie coming into this second season.
Petersilie was in the zone when he shot 68 to win the Panther Invitational. When he begins to put several shots together he can be one of the most dangerous golfers around.
“(Shining Mountain) was a pretty tight course and I was finding a lot of fairways,” he said. “I feel more relaxed when I’m locked in and I have more confidence and can kind of feed off myself in a way.
Going as a team will be fun for the Cougars.
The 4A regionals are scheduled for Monday at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, weather permitting. Coronado hopes to qualify its whole team for state, led by Petersilie.
“My teammates are my best friends so we get along really well, but we also get good practice in so we can do our best at tournaments,” Petersilie said. “It’s all about the competition and the chance to play your best and see where you stand with everyone in the state.”
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Other standout performances
Chadd Vasquez, Doherty
The sophomore won the Pine Creek Invitational, the final 5A CSML tournament, by shooting a par 72 at Pine Creek Country Club. The win earned Vasquez the 5A CSML individual crown.
Kaleigh Kroeker and Zachary Alhamra, Pine Creek
Pine Creek’s top runners KaleighKroeker and Zachary Alhamra each earned individual titles at the Liberty Bell Invitational. Kroeker, who ran a personal best time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds, helped the Eagles’ girls take the team title, and Alhamra finished in 15:31 to lead the boys’ team to a second-place finish.
Michael DeCarmo, Sand Creek
The senior quarterback threw for 199 yards on 11-for-13 passing and three touchdowns, and ran for 151 yards and four more scores in a 68-26 win over Sierra to help the Scorpions improve to 3-0.
Drue Harris, Fountain-Fort Carson
The junior, in just his second performance at running back, tallied 268 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 47-16 win at Rock Canyon. Harris averaged more than 17 yards per carry and had a long run of 91 yards to help F-FC to its first win of the season.
McKenzie Surface, Discovery Canyon
Surface struck out 13 in a complete-game shutout to lead Discovery Canyon to a 1-0 victory over Vista Ridge. Surface (7-4) held the Wolves to just three hits and has not allowed a run in 17 consecutive innings, while holding opponents to a .233 batting average.
Sawyer Lincoln, Manitou Springs
The senior scored three goals and added four assists in the Mustangs’ 9-1 rout of Woodland Park. Manitou Springs has opened the season 6-0 and outscored its opponents 36-2, with 12 of the goals coming from Lincoln.