Isaac Petersilie shoots 67 to pace Coronado to runaway win at Terror Invite

Isaac Petersillie of Coronado, shown here in a 2014 photo, shot a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

He sat long enough following his round Wednesday at the Terror Invite at Patty Jewett Golf Course.

For Isaac Petersilie, the job is never done. Even though the Coronado senior shot a sizzling 5-under-par 67 on an unseasonably cool August day, he wasn't satisfied. So off he went to the putting green to work on his short game.

And nearly everyone else followed.

"We can't give up strokes against him; he's the best player in the city," teammate and fellow senior Wes Moran said following the Cougars' team victory, their second in three days in 5A Colorado Springs Metro League action. "We're all trying to get better every second. It's fun to compete against each other."

Moran carded a 71, and sophomore Luke Travins shot a 72 to boost Coronado to a 29-shot triumph over Doherty as the Cougars claimed the top three individual spots to continue a strong start following a 5A team state championship last October.

"As a team, we're playing great," Coronado coach Marty Cornell said. "Isaac leads by example. He's a student of the game. He does what you have to do when you're pursuing a goal."

Doherty, behind a 75 from senior Chadd Vasquez, finished second in the team race. Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, and Liberty and Palmer (tied) rounded out the top five.

After the Coronado-dominated podium, Mesa Ridge senior Braden Bentley followed with a 73, along with a 73 from Coronado's Austin Burgess that was thrown out.

"I'm usually right around par at this course, but this was one of my worst rounds here," said Bentley, a three-time 4A state qualifier. "I couldn't find the bottom of the cup. I took advantage of the par 5s, but the par 3s ate me up. I didn't play them very smart and had a few mental lapses. Next time, I'll play smarter and get dialed in before every shot."

Speaking of making shots, Liberty's Brandon Bervig finally had a chance to tee off.

On Monday, the newcomer was required to attend freshman orientation, missing the season-opening Spartan Invite at the Colorado Springs Country Club.

So on Wednesday, Bervig finally made his high school debut and shined, finishing with a 3-over 75, good for a tie for sixth overall among a contingent that featured more than 60 individuals.

"I could have shot better, but I'll take it," said Bervig, who at one point recorded four straight birdies to get back to even for the round before trailing off late. "I'm relieved that my first round is over. Now I have big expectations for the rest of the year."

The one big surprise: the weather. An overnight low of an autumn-like 51 degrees early on put the field in pullovers and sweaters in the middle of the August dog days.

"Yeah, we were freezing on the first six holes," said Vasquez, who ended the day tied with Bervig at sixth overall after a 75. "Once it warmed up, we all gained some distance. It was weird for this time of the year."

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