Resurrection Christian wins regional golf title – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Resurrection Christian wins regional golf title – Loveland Reporter-Herald

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GREELEY — Resurrection Christian senior Gage Meis won’t have to go to the state golf tournament alone this year.
His freshmen teammates helped make sure of that.
Meis, along with freshmen Jack Carter, Clint Summers and Micah Livingstone — whose score didn’t count toward the team total but who finished 12th individually — won the Class 3A Region 3 tournament Tuesday at Highland Hills Golf Course, and it wasn’t even close.
Carter, Summers and Meis’ scores totaled a team score of 229, 16 strokes better than second-place Holy Family (245).
“It’s amazing,” Meis said. “We knew we could come out here and do it. As a team, it’s a lot better than just me last year. It was fun, but I wanted a team there. And this year, we game planned for it. We were ready. We didn’t know how the course would play and I think it shook some of us, but we ended up playing really well and winning.”
Carter and Summers tied for second individually, one stroke behind regional champion Ryan Woodley from Liberty Common. Woodley shot a 74 while Carter and Summers shot a 75.
Carter was 6-over-par after the first nine, bogeying two holes and double bogeying two more. But he made up for it on the back nine, playing bogey free and making birdie on two of the final four holes to pull into a tie with his teammate.
Summers double bogeyed his first hole but made par on the second. He turned at 3-over after bogeying holes 8 and 9. He birdied 10, but bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 cost him a chance at the regional title. He birdied 18 to ensure the tie with Carter.
For head coach Rick Meis, the result wasn’t surprising. With their top golfers in the mix, the Cougars won every tournament they played in this season except for one.
“People might have thought we were exaggerating,” the coach said. “I knew before we started, I knew how good these kids were actually going to play. We are going to state with three freshmen and a senior. These kids could be state champions. That’s how good they are. They’ve just got the mindset. They’re just a great bunch of kids and I’m excited.”
Gage Meis ended up being the third scorer for the team and he still tied for fifth individually with a 79.
He bogeyed four of the first six holes before a string of birdies on both sides of the turn. He then finished with bogeys on four of the last six holes.
“The front nine, everything felt like it was breaking a ton, putt-wise” Gage said. “Back nine, it wasn’t breaking as much, but the back nine gets so much tighter on the fairways. So, it kind of flip flops each side, but I finished strong enough. I went bogey, bogey, bogey, par and just squeaked in with a 79.”
Livingstone will be going to state as well, and he just missed matching Meis’ score. He made the turn at 5-over after a double bogey on No. 8. He then bogeyed five holes on the back nine before saving par on 18 to finish with a 10-over 81.
The 3A state tournament is scheduled for Oct. 3-4 at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. Coach Meis believes his team will be in contention for the title while also serving notice that with three freshmen competing, the Cougars will be a force at the state level for a while.
“The last time I took a team was four years ago,” Rick said. “We took three kids three years ago, but then I only took two two years ago and only Gage last year, so it’s pretty exciting when you take all four kids. I’m more nervous than my kids are, but I am just so proud of them. They make a coach look good.”
Berthoud shot a 263 to finish 10th as a team. The Spartans were in contention for second place at the turn but fell further behind as they played the back nine.
The top 13 individuals not on the two state qualifying teams advanced to state as well, and Berthoud had a pair of golfers just miss out.
The last qualifiers in shot 84. Berthoud senior Christian Foxworth shot an 85 and tied for 20th individually while sophomore Graham McNair shot an 88 and tied for 31st. Junior Coyle Hagerty tied for 37th with a 90 while junior David Sarmiento was 40th with a 91.
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