Golfers at regional Monday
The postseason is nearly here for the Yuma High School boys golf team.
Head coach Benjamin Weathers will be taking a foursome of Jake Chrisman, Preston Blach, Bryson Castillo and Trevor Cunningham to the Class 3A Region 3 Tournament at Boomerang Golf Links in Greeley, Monday, September 17. Weathers said he had five players in the running for regional, but Paul Brophy will be out of town Monday, making Weathers’ decision easier.
“It would have been nice to have Paul going being that he’s a senior, but I like four we have going,” Weathers said. “They have a lot of experience and they all have played that course several times.”
Besides Yuma, Region 3 includes Holyoke, Faith Christian, Jefferson Academy, Resurrection Christian, Brush, Eaton, Estes Park, Frontier Academy, Sterling, Strasburg, SkyView Academy, Burlington, Riverdale Ridge and Cheyenne Wells. Two full teams and 13 individuals not on one of the qualifying teams will advance out of regional to the 2018 Boys 3A State Golf Championship at Boulder Country Club, October 1-2.
Frontier Academy, Sterling, Eaton and Resurrection Christian likely are the favorites to compete for the team berths, but Weathers said it opens up after that in regards to the individual qualifiers.
Chrisman, a senior, has qualified once before for state.
Prior to regional, the Indians are at the Strasburg Invitational, today, September 13, at Coyote Creek Golf Course in Fort Lupton. Also, after regional is the Northeastern League Championship at The Course at Petty’s Park in Brush next Thursday, September 20.
Yuma is closing in on its fourth straight league championship after a strong showing at the Kurtis Huss Memorial Tournament, a league tourney held in Holyoke last Thursday, September 6.
Senior Jake Chrisman was the top medalist with an 87, beating Brush’s Wyatt Pfau by two strokes. Yuma sophomore Bryson Castillo finished fifth with a 94. Junior Preston Blach was right behind him with a 95, and senior Trevor Cunningham shot a 109.
Yuma won the team title with a 276, while Brush shot a 280, Holyoke 319 and Burlington 321.
At the JV level, Josh Daugherty shot a 108, Kris Jones 111, Lars Sims 121 and John Turvey 123.