Boys golf: Fifteen players across the state shoot sub-par rounds

(Brad Cochi/For CHSAANow.com)

No matter what part of the state golf was being played yesterday, red numbers kept popping up on leaderboards.

A heavy tournament load put a lot of kids in action, but the final scores from all around Colorado made one thing abundantly clear.

Golf is easy. Well, sometimes at least.

At Foothills Golf Course, the third Centennial League tournament looked more like a Thursday night men's league shootout. Arapahoe's Matthew Wilkinson carded a 6-under-par 66 to claim the win while teammates Graham Dzengelewski (69), Max Zadrvorny (70) and Will Kates (71) were also in red numbers.

Cherry Creek sophomore Charlie Flaxbeard took second with a 68 while his teammate Thomas Hicks shot 71.

Eaglecrest sophomore Andrew White fired a 69 as did Mullen's Andrew Brady and Mario Dino.

Cheyenne Mountain teammates Campbell Grage and Carter Suorfchek each shot a 2-under-par 69 at the Frederick Classic, but neither player got the win as Frederick's Jake Chesler cleared them by two strokes. Thursday was the second time this week that Cheyenne Mountain teammates broke into red numbers at the same tournament. Kale Parthen and Brad Helton each went under par at the Pueblo Centennial Invite at Walking Stick.

In the southwest corner of the state Conquistador Golf Course couldn't contain a hometown kid as Montezuma-Cortez's Thayer Plewe ended his day with a 3-under-par 69. His lone bogey of the day came on the par-4 second hole.

Right behind him was Durango's standout junior Levi Tichi at 70. Tichi has been prone to shoot low numbers this season and is emerging as one of the top talents in the state.

At Estes Park Golf Course Sterling junior Tayleb Schaefer shot a 2-under-par 69 to win the Estes Park Invite. He was 2-under on the front nine and even made a birdie on No. 12 to get to 3-under. He gave that stroke back with a bogey on the short par-4 14th.

This is Schaefer's second win of the year. He won the Strasburg Invite back on Aug. 18.