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Fruita Monument’s Jason Coffey is one of three Fruita players who’ll participate in the Class 5A state tournament today and Tuesday at Bookcliff Country Club.

Wildcats cherish 5A state golf berths

State tournament starts today at Bookcliff Country Club

The way Nick Laubscher qualified for this year’s Class 5A boys golf state tournament more than makes up for the way he missed the cut last season.
The Fruita Monument High School senior missed the cut for a state-tournament berth by one stroke a year ago after teeing off from the wrong tee box on the 16th hole at the 5A Southern Regional at Colorado Springs Country Club. His mistake resulted in a two-stroke penalty, leaving the Wildcats one player short of bringing a three-player team to state.
This year, his 11th-place regional tournament finish at 6-over 78 was the best score on the team and was good enough to make the state cut by a long shot, and he’ll be one of three Fruita players who’ll play at the Class 5A State Championships today and Tuesday at Bookcliff Country Club.
“This year was so much nicer,” said Laubscher, a senior who is making his first, and only, state-tournament appearance. “I got to come in off the course, sit back and enjoy it and not have that stress of not knowing if I was going to make it or not.”
Laubscher will be joined by Fruita teammates Blake Andersen and Jason Coffey at the par-71, 6,632-yard course, which will host a state tournament for the third time since 2011. Joining them will be Trevor Olkowski and his younger brother, Canon, of Grand Junction as they play the state tournament on the Tigers’ home course. Both are considered contenders for the individual championship.


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