Young Douglas County golfers play in Miami invitational

Six girls, 10 boys from Colorado travel to Optimist International

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Dylan Everett and Colin Young have been working on fine-tuning their golf games this summer.

Everett and Young are among the 10 boys from Colorado in the 16-18 division and six Colorado girls who were registered in the girls 15-18 bracket to play July 24-29 in the 2021 Optimist International Invitational Junior Golf Championships at the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami.

“I look at it as an opportunity to show a good round,” said Young, who along with Everett is under the tutelage of Jake's Academy at Lone Tree Golf Course. Young played last fall on Valor Christian state championship team.

“I try to play around five times a week and when I'm not playing, I'm practicing,” Young continued.

“This is the biggest tournament (of the summer),” added Everett, who is a junior at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch. “So this will be the highlight of the summer.”

Other golfers from the south metro area who are registered to compete in the boys 16-18 division include Cherry Creek junior Charlie Flaxbeard of Greenwood Village, Ryan Peragallo of Highlands Ranch, Cherry Creek's Jonathan Trigg from Cherry Hills Village and Ponderosa graduate Johnny Williams of Parker.

Legend graduate Elan Fleetwood of Parker will be competing in the girls 15-18 tournament.

“I haven't played the course yet but it looks like a tough course,” said Everett.

Practice rounds and the long drive preliminaries will be July 25 with the first round on July 26 and the second round on July 27 along with the long drive finals.

The top 70 players plus ties advance to the July 28 finals on the Blue Monster course. All other golfers will play in the Clash of Challengers which will be held on the Red Tiger course for girls and the Golden Palm for boys.

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