AURORA - Ralston Valley golf made a run at a team state title representing Jeffco incredibly well at last week’s state golf tournament at Murphy Creek Golf Course.
The Mustangs finished second in state as a team with scores of 221-227—448, 23 strokes behind state champion Regis Jesuit 212-213—225.
Neil Tillman led the charge for Ralston Valley shooting back-to-back 74’s and finished 4-over par (74-74—148), and Keegan Sheard shot well both days finishing 5-over par (73-76—149).
Another Arvada standout was Pomona’s Grant Olinger who an opening round 73 (73-76—149) to put him atop the leader board. Olinger finished 5-over tied with Sheard for 14th place.
Lakewood had a pair of players finish tied for 74th place. Weston Mauz and Kevin Liao both finished 2-over which included both players shooting both rounds in the 80s.
Once place behind the Lakewood pair was Bear Creek’s Ian Grams who finished in 75th place after shooting very well on his second day. Grams opened the tournament with an 89 but recovered the next day with an 83 finishing 28 strokes over par.
In 4A Jeffco all four of state qualifiers D’Evelyn produced played well earning the Jaguars a seventh place finish at the state tournament.
D’Evelyn (243-235—478) was led by the strong play of Matt Yeager and Anthony Pedersen who both finished tied for 15th place overall which scored of +18. After both players shot opening rounds in the 80s, both responded day two by shooting 76 (Yeager) and 77 (Pedersen).
Nick Michas finished just behind his D’Evelyn teammates producing lows 80s scores on both days (+26) finishing tied for 35th.
Also in 4A Jeffco Golden had a pair of state qualifiers shoot in the 80s in three of their four combined rounds. Jeremy Mosser shot back-to-back 89s and finished tied for 66th place (+38).
Just behind him was Golden’s Jake Johnson who finished +44 after shooting 87 and 97.
Not a Jeffco school but in the Jeffco district is 3A Faith Christian who had Kevin Tully qualify for the state tourney finishing +48 after shooting 94 and 96.
Top seven 5A team scores; Regis Jesuit 212-213— 225, Ralston Valley 221-227— 448, Cherry Creek 222-228—450, Legacy 225-230—255, Heritage 230-226—456, Fairview 225-231—456, and Boulder 232-227—459.
Top seven 4A team scores; Valor Christian 228-225—453, Silver Creek 223-233—456, Cheyenne Mountain 230-233—463, Coronado 234-239—473, Durango 239-235—474, Pueblo South 241-236—477 and D’Evelyn 243-235—478.
Top seven 3A team scores; Alexander Dawson 213-232— 445, Peak to Peak 243-228—471, Lutheran 241-230—471, Aspen 238-236—474, Kent Denver 235-249—484, Holy Family 244-244-488.