State championship season rolls on as the boys golf tournaments are set to begin play on Monday. The Class 5A tournament will take place at Rolling Hills in Lakewood, the 4A tournament will be played at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs and the 3A tournament is at Dos Rios in Gunnison.
Each classification has several standout teams as well as multiple teams that can battle for a team state championship. Below is breakdown of what to expect at each tournament when the boys start launching them Monday morning.
Course: Rolling Hills Golf Course in Lakewood
2019 individual champion: Will Kates (Arapahoe)
2019 team champion: Fairview
Weather forecast: Sunny, temperatures in high 70's (both days)
Outlook: The 5A tournament might have some of the best talent the state has on display. Cherry Creek sophomore Charlie Flaxbeard and teammate TJ Hicks both shot career rounds at regionals and will take a lot of momentum into state. Combined with the veteran presences that players like Kates and teammate Matthew Wilkinson bring and it could make for a fun two-day battle at Rolling Hills. The team race between Cherry Creek, Arapahoe, Lakewood and Ralston Valley should also be fun to track.
Others to watch: Ralston Valley's Gage Messingham is the top-ranked 5A player according to iWanamker rankings, Lakewood's Ryan Liao has finished in the top four in the last two years of the 5A tournament and Prairie View's Jeff Nelson has put together some of the best rounds in the state during the course of the regular season.
Course: Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs
2019 individual champion: Micah Stangebye (Montrose)
2019 team champion: Montrose
Weather forecast: Sunny, temperatures in mid-to-high 70's (both days)
Outlook: After winning the last three team championships, Montrose is going to have its work cut out for it this year. Micah Stangebye is gone but Jordan Jennings has done a great job of leading the team as a senior. The individual race should be an intriguing one as Discovery Canyon's Kaden Ford and Northfield's Hunter Swanson return after tying for second place. Lewis-Palmer's Greg Lewis was right there as a sophomore and has only gotten better in the last year. The team race could come down to host Cheyenne Mountain battling it out with the likes of Mullen, Pueblo West and Windsor.
Others to watchk: Falcon's Reese Knox has been on fire lately as has Coronado's Noah Keller. Frederick's Jake Chesler has been steady all year and Durango junior Levi Tichi has found himself under par on several occasions.
Course: Dos Rios Country Club in Gunnison
2019 individual champion: Westin Pals (Lutheran)
2019 team champion: Lutheran
Weather forecast: Sunny, temperatures in low 70's (both days)
Outlook: The 3A tournament certainly brings the most collective talent from the widest range across the state. Aspen's Nic Pevny finished with in a three-way tie for third with Kent Denver's Jeffrey Zhou and Stering's Tayleb Schaefer at the end of last year's tournament. All three competitors are back which means the second day of the tournament could look more like a men's club Friday night shootout than a final round of stroke play. Aspen, Kent Denver, St. Mary's, Sterling and Vail Christian will all have a shot to make a run at a team title and it could be the results on the first day that could put either of those teams in the driver seat.
Others to watchk: Montezuma-Cortez's Thayer Plewe has more poise on a golf course as a sophomore than most men have in their 30's. He's looking to keep his hand steady and play his way into contention. Primero's Lance Peters has shown no fear when feeling the need to pull driver out of his bag. The narrow fairways of Dos Rios might give some players pause before going for the big dog, but if Peters has a spot in mind and needs driver to get there, he'll waste no time swinging away.