Lakewood, Valor dominate Jeffco league Tourney

Tigers look like they have found some magic this season

Pomona’s Grant Olinger again proved himself as one of the state’s best individual golfers shooting a 71 during Friday’s Jeffco league Tournament. Olinger’s 71 was the second lowest score of the tournament. Photos by Daniel Williams
Lakewood’s J.J. Amaro has one of the prettiest swings you will ever see. He also has one of the most complete golf games in Jeffco, evident by him shooting 73 during the Jeffco League Tournament Friday at Indian Tree Golf Course.
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Lakewood golf has something special this season.

The Tigers team week after week and match after match are starting to prove that they are not only the best 5A Jeffco team but one of the best 5A teams in the state.

And again on Friday they were the best 5A Jeffco team at the Jeffco League Tournament at Indian Tree Golf Course.

The Tigers posted a team score of 299, nine strokes better than second place Ralston Valley. (308). Columbine finished third as a team with a 310 total and Dakota Ridge shot 322 finishing fourth.

Moreover, Lakewood had three of the top six individual scores at the tournament, as J.J. Amato shot a 73, and Griffin Barela and Jack Castiglia both shot 74. The top 5A individual golfer was Columbine’s Marcus Tait who shot 69.

But it was the Tigers as a team that that had the most impressive day as they continue their impressive start to their season.

“I am a really lucky coach right now. We have a bunch of guys who can really play and they are all still getting better,” Lakewood coach Alan Gonzales said. “And not only are we a really good team, we are a really good young team.”

The 4A side of the Jeffco tournament was a different story. As expected, Valor Christian dominated the 4A Jeffco field, shooting a team score of 281.

The Eagles’ 281 score was 20 shots better than second place Evergreen which shot 301. Littleton shot 327 finishing fourth followed by Green Mountain (327) and D’Evelyn (328).

But Valor dominated at a level that almost didn’t seem fair, claiming all three of the top 4A golfers in the tournament, as well as four of five finishers.

Valor’s Coby Welch, Pierce Aichinger and Tim Amundson all shot 70. Evergreen’s Liam Short had the next best 4A score shooting 71, tied with Valor’s Jake Staiano.

Valor Christian, although nowhere near Jefferson County, joined 4A Jeffco for this season and next season, at the least, as a part of CHSAA’s realignment.

The Eagles have won four of the past five 4A state championships as a team and though Valor is considered a football school they may be even better at golf. Fair or not, 4A Jeffco better get used to Valor being exceptional at golf.