On Sept. 25, Aspen hosted the Class 3A Region 4 golf championships. Delta High School took four competitors: Atley Harris, Ben Cooper, Grant Freed and Brendan Baier. Harris was expected to have a quality showing, and he didn’t disappoint, as he shot a 75. He was the No. 1 individual state qualifier, third overall. Cooper’s quality score of 90 was good for a seventh place individual finish, 13th overall, and a trip to state. Baier finished his season with a 109. Freed had a score of 94. Under the tutelage of head coach, Frank Walch, Delta shot a 259 as a team, earning fourth place in a field of 15 teams.

Cedaredge High School Bruins — Dylan Furubotten, Aspen Furubotten, Brysen Harris, Ian Anderson and alternate Trey Geyer — also made the trip to regionals. Aspen Furubotten’s 101 was one of the best rounds of golf she’s had this season. Harris shot a 102, and Dylan Furubotten completed his season with a 106. Anderson shot a 94, giving the team a score of 297, good for eighth place. Prior to regionals, Anderson had a confident mindset.

“Regionals is more intimidating than other tournaments, but we might just walk away with a state qualifier,” Anderson said.

His words now seem a bit prophetic when you take into account that Anderson can indeed call himself a state qualifier. It was under immense pressure that he qualified for state. As it turned out, when final results were tabulated, Anderson and Delta’s Freed were entrenched in a four-person tie with a score of 94. The final two spots for the state trip were to be determined by a single hole of golf on hole No. 18.

With all eyes of the spectators on them, the two Delta County athletes handled the nerves well. Unfortunately, the two didn’t earn the first of the two spots; a Meeker golfer did. Freed just missed the green on a long shot, his ball finding its way into a water hazard. Though eliminated from automatic qualification, Freed did put himself in position as second alternate. There’s a chance he could compete at state.

Anderson tied a Basalt High School golfer to force another single hole of golf. Anderson’s second shot ended up under a tree near the green. After some advice from head coach, Ken Brown, Anderson calmly chipped his way into putting position and earned the last automatic spot in the state tournament.

“Once it gets down to the high pressure situations, Coach Brown will make sure you get it done,” an excited Anderson said. “I’m going to state!”

Montezuma-Cortez

High School won the regional team title. Aspen High School finished second. The Class 3A State Golf Championships will be held on Oct. 7-8 at Eisenhower Golf Course in Colorado Springs.



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