Panthers win playoff to earn 3A state golf berth
It came down to a team playoff and after one hole, Delta made history.
With that two-stroke advantage over Basalt in the playoff, Delta High School’s boys golf team finished second at the Class 3A Region 4 Tournament at Delta’s Devils Thumb Golf Club.
“I believe it’s the first time in Delta’s history to qualify a team for state,” Delta coach Ken Brown said. “It was pretty emotional for me. These kids worked so hard. The kids were really nervous playing on their home course.”
Aspen won the team title with a 233. Delta and Basalt tied at 242 and Cedaredge finished fourth at 252. The top two teams qualify for state.
By placing second, the Panthers will take all four players to state, which will be played next Monday and Tuesday in Aurora.
K.C. Carlson tied for second with a 76, behind Basalt’s Holden Kleager’s 73.
Blake Reiher shot an 82 to place 10th and Logan Wood finished in 12th with an 84. Cristian Hall shot an 88 for the Panthers.
Carlson and Reiher both qualified for state last year as individuals.
Brown said this is the second year Delta has fielded a golf team after it had been combined with Cedaredge’s program a few years prior.
The Bruins, who now have a separate program, had a strong showing at the regional and qualified three players.
Peter Carlson led Cedaredge with an 80 to place ninth. Jacob Lewis was 13th at 85 and Duncan Campbell shot an 87, good for 17th.
Even though Basalt finished third, they still qualified all four players for state.
Aspen had all four of its players finish among the top six, led by Jack Pevny, who tied for second.
Brown has high hopes for the Panthers at state.
“I think they will be a lot more relaxed at state. Not playing on their home course will help. I think if we play well, we could be top three,” the Delta coach said.