EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally had Sam Blackwood as the sole winner, but scores were recalculated after the on-site reporter left the course. The story has been changed to reflect the accurate result.
COLORADO SPRINGS — Sam Blackwood and Canon Olkowski played well down the stretch and as a result are co-regional champions.
They both shot a one-under-par 70, one stroke better than teammate Blackwood’s teammate Ben Carrington, to take the Class 5A southern regional boys golf championship on Monday.
“My game was more steady,” Blackwood said of his play on the final nine holes. “My ball striking was a lot more inconsistent on the front nine. I found my swing on the back nine and that really helped.”
His birdie on his 18th hole proved to be timely as Olkowski sank a nearly 20-foot birdie putt to get to get to one-under as well.
Heritage also took the team win with Grand Junction finishing second. Both teams have qualified for the 2017 5A state tournament at CommonGround.
The top two teams in each region, along with the next 13 individual qualifiers, will head to state next month.
3A 1: Defending champ Oliver Jack cruises.
Oliver Jack, the reigning state champion in Class 3A, cruised to a win in 3A’s Region 1 at East to Links.
Jack shot a 2-under 69. His round included five birdies, including his final two holes.
Jack’s teammate, Jackson Klutznick, tied for second with Lance Peters of Alamosa at 1-over. Klutznick tied for fourth at state last season.
Kent Denver also won the team title, shooting 1-over. Lutheran (+24) was the second-place team, and also qualified for state.
4A 1: Defending champ Luke Trujillo also cruises.
Discovery Canyon’s Luke Trujillo won 4A Region 1 at Elmwood by eight strokes, shooting a 5-under 65. Trujillo won the 4A championship last fall.
Niwot’s Jack Hoover placed second at 3-over, while Falcon’s Ryan Welsh was third (+5).
Discovery Canyon easily won the regional title as a team at +11. Niwot (+33) also qualified as a team.
4A 4: Montrose’s Stangebye wins in playoff.
Montrose golfer Micah Stangebye won a playoff to win 4A’s Region 4, held at The Bridges at Black Canyon.
Stangebye and Bridger Tenney of Evergreen were tied at even par after the round, but Stangebye won on the second playoff hole.
Montrose’s Dawson Hussong (+1) finished third.
Montrose also won the region championship as a team, finishing 3-over as a group. Evergreen (+4) was second.
3A 4: Aspen runs away with region championship.
Aspen won the 3A Region 4 title held at Devils Thumb with a stunning 6-under team finish. That was 22 strokes better than second-place Basalt, which finished at 16-over.
The Skiers had an astonishing four golfers finish under par — the top four finishers — led by individual champion Carter Hall at 3-under. Dawson Holmes was 2-under.
5A Central: Bryant, McMullen shine.
Davis Bryant is headed back to another state tournament.
The Eaglecrest senior, who was second at the 5A tourney last season, tied for first with Rock Canyon’s Kieran McMullen at the Central Region, which was played at Plum Creek.
The region did not hold a playoff to determine the individual medalist.
Fossil Ridge’s Dillon Stewart tied for third with Mountain Range’s Connor Jones.
Fossil Ridge was the top team at 5-over. Rock Canyon placed second at 6-over.
3A 3: Sterling seals team, individual titles.
Sterling was in firm control of Region 3 in 3A, held at Estes Park Golf Course.
The Tigers were the top team, shooting 11-over, 16 strokes ahead of second-place Resurrection Christian (+27).
Sterling also had the top two finishers in Riley Schaefer (1-under) and Brayden Lambrecht (1-over). Resurrection Christian’s Micah Ramirez was third (+4).
5A Northern: Regis Jesuit’s McCoy is the top individual.
Regis Jesuit’s Calvin McCoy captured the individual regional title at the 5A Northern event held at Coal Creek. He shot 1-under.
Monarch’s Spencer Daake (+1) was second individually, while Chaparral’s Bryce Howard (+3) placed third.
The Raiders also won the team championship at +11. Monarch qualified for state, as well, after finishing second at 16-over.
5A Western: Arapahoe wins team and individual crowns.
Arapahoe’s Tommy Packer captured the 5A Western region with a 1-under 71. Lakewood’s Jack Castiglia finished second at even par at the event, which was hosted by Broadlands.
The Warriors were also the top team finisher at 9-over. Fairview (+12) placed second.
3A 2: Agelopoulos, Grossenbacher battle for individual title.
Colorado Academy’s Christian Agelopoulos and Eaton’s Peter Grossenbacher were tied at 2-under at 18 holes at 3A’s Region 2, held at CommonGround.
Grossenbacher then won in a playoff on the first hole.
CA was the top team, finishing at 2-over. Eaton (+11) was second, and qualified for the state tournament.