Gov. Polis attends boys golf tournament on first day of competition

(Ryan Casey/

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis made good on his pledge to attend the first day of high school sports competition.

Polis visited the DPS Invitational at Wellshire Golf Course on Thursday morning, a tournament that marked the first day high school sports competition in the state since the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic shut down athletics in mid-March.

"It's great to have high school sports back," Polis said. "High school sports are a big part of who we are, and it drives a lot of kids to be part of their school environment, to socialize, to learn those skills that are so important in the work force: being a member of a team, leadership, stepping up when you need to be part of the whole.

"It's great that high school sports are back, really due to the hard work of Coloradans. The fact that Coloradans are being safe, they're wearing masks, they're staying six feet from others," Polis continued. "We see that in having lower viral numbers than a lot of the other states that are hot spots. Part of that reward for that is that kids are going to have all of the different high school sports season that we have, and they'll have an opportunity to participate in organized high school sports this year."

The DPS Invitational included 15 teams: Denver North, Erie, Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Arvada West, Regis Jesuit, Denver East, Lakewood, Denver South, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Rock Canyon, Boulder, Northfield and Conifer.