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DENVER – With the spectacular Denver skyline at his back, Austin Barry lined up on the 18th green at City Park G.C. to finish off a spectacular day Monday in the opening round of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament.

The Fossil Ridge sophomore coolly sank his final putt to make par and close out a clean round that included only birdies and pars.

Barry — an individual qualifier — made six birdies in all to put himself in the driver’s seat in the chase for the individual state title as he carded a 6-under-par 64, while his effort also contributed to his team’s seven-stroke lead in the team standings going into the final day.

“It feels great,” Barry said. “My putting was really good today, I hit a bunch of good wedges in there and I just played pretty solid all day. I was really focusing on lag putting and having no three-putts. I had no three-putts today and I definitely sunk some, so that was good.”

Barry put a disappointing 25th-place finish in 2021 behind him with a strong round that saw him shoot 4-under on the back nine, which included a run of birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and par-5 No. 13. He also made birdies on Nos. 3, 7 as well as 17, which brought him to the 6-under mark that gives him a four-stroke lead going into the final day.

Fossil Ridge coach Jamie Menefee was pleased to see the performance of Barry, who finished in a tie for 20th at the Southern Region tournament, which got him one of the last individual qualifying spots in state.

“We’ve got three or four players who are capable of shooting under par on any given day, but Austin probably has the best potential to go low like he did today,” Menefee said. “For him to play bogey free on a state-caliber course is pretty incredible. Watching him, obviously making the birdies is fantastic. But I think I watched him make four or five par putts that were in that four-, five-, six-foot range, and those are every bit as important for keeping momentum as birdies are.”

It was a memorable day overall for Fossil Ridge, the third-place team out of the Front Range League, which had to qualify all four of its players individually from a tough region.

Joining Barry in the top five after the opening round was freshman Landon Houska, who made three birdies himself in a round of 69 that puts him in a tie for third individually. Senior Grant Samuelson shot 71 for the third score for Fossil Ridge, which shot 204 as a team to lead Rock Canyon (211).

Cherry Creek and Pine Creek each shot 217 to tie for third place after one round.

“It was a really good day,” said Menefee, whose team placed fourth at state in 2021. “I’ve felt like we’ve played good golf all year and we were in a really good conference, and we competed and ended up getting third in our conference, which is fine but we felt like we hadn’t quite put together our absolute best. I don’t know if today was our absolute best, but it’s got to be really close. It’s golf, so I’m sure all the kids can think of shots that they want back, but it’s as good as we could have dreamt of.”

Despite the strong start, nothing is assured for Fossil Ridge after many players and teams navigated their way around the City Park G.C. course well on the opening day and a lot of adjustments generally take place going into the second round.

Five individuals finished under par — Rock Canyon’s Charlie Tucker sits second after a 2-under 68, while Houska is tied with Monarch’s Caleb Michaels and Pine Creek’s Wesley Erling (the 2021 runner-up) after the trio each shot 69. Tucker got as low as 3-under before he made a bogey on his final hole, par-5 No. 9.

Five more players shot even-par and seven more were just 1-over, including Tucker’s teammate Trey Kahrhoff, which helped the Jags stay within seven strokes.

The tournament concludes with the second round, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

FULL DAY 1 RESULTS

 



















Pos

Team

Total

1

Fossil Ridge

204

2

Rock Canyon

211

3

Cherry Creek

217

3

Pine Creek

217

5

Arapahoe

219

6

Highlands Ranch

220

7

Eaglecrest

221

7

Mountain Vista

221

8

Heritage

222

9

Castle View

224

10

Ralston Valley

227

10

ThunderRidge

227

10

Valor Christian

227

13

Boulder

228

14

Regis Jesuit

241

 
























































































Pos

TM

Player

Grade

R1

1

Fossil Ridge

Austin Barry

SO

64

2

Rock Canyon

Charlie Tucker

JR

68

3

Monarch

Caleb Michaels

SR

69

3

Fossil Ridge

Landon Houska

FR

69

3

Pine Creek

Wesley Erling

SR

69

6

Mountain Vista

Brayden Scheich

JR

70

6

Heritage

Gavin Crowley

SR

70

6

Fort Collins

Ian Hunn

SR

70

6

Boulder

Luke Blankinship

SR

70

6

Legend

Spencer Schlagel

JR

70

11

Fossil Ridge

Grant Samuelson

SR

71

11

Eaglecrest

Gregory White

FR

71

11

Douglas County

Hunter Glasser

SR

71

11

Brighton

Kyle Leydon

SR

71

11

Fairview

Sawyer Sales

JR

71

11

Rock Canyon

Trey Kahrhoff

JR

71

11

Cherry Creek

Wyatt Isgrig

SO

71

18

Cherry Creek

Andre Dumonteil

SO

72

18

Mountain Vista

Conner  Scheich

SO

72

18

Valor Christian

Ethan Rainey

JR

72

18

Castle View

Luke Cushman

SR

72

18

Rock Canyon

Mason Conrad

JR

72

18

Eaglecrest

Noah Bennett

JR

72

24

Highlands Ranch

Aiden Krusoe

SR

73

24

Columbine

Alex  Lest

SO

73

24

Highlands Ranch

Billy Verstraate

FR

73

24

Valor Christian

Campbell McFadden

FR

73

24

Arapahoe

Grant Juergens

SR

73

24

Arapahoe

Mac Buckley

FR

73

24

Arapahoe

Max Zadvorny

SR

73

31

Legacy

Ben Cerretani

SR

74

31

Horizon

Cooper (moose) Brennan

FR

74

31

Castle View

Gavin Amella

FR

74

31

Highlands Ranch

Jack Bakken

SR

74

31

Ralston Valley

Jordan McCaslin

SR

74

31

Arvada West

Luke Landskov

SR

74

31

Pine Creek

Luke Wright

SO

74

31

Ralston Valley

Makian Maydew

JR

74

31

Cherry Creek

Pratham Parmar

JR

74

31

Pine Creek

Rylen Caldwell

SR

74

31

Heritage

Sebastian  Hein

SO

74

31

Monarch

Talan Gover

JR

74

43

ThunderRidge

Austin Hunt

FR

75

43

ThunderRidge

Dylan Everett

SR

75

43

Regis Jesuit

Jake Irvine

SR

75

43

Arapahoe

Joe  Hickey

SR

75

43

Columbine

Matai Naqica

JR

75

43

Arvada West

Yusuke Ogi

SR

75

49

Boulder

Doug Holleman

JR

76

49

Chatfield

Jesse Hand

SO

76

49

Fossil Ridge

Kaden Devenport

SO

76

49

Prairie View

Payton Crawford

SR

76

49

Regis Jesuit

Roland Thornton

SO

76

54

ThunderRidge

Ben Mackert

SR

77

54

Westminster

Bielly Phasay

SR

77

54

Grandview

Michael Rosman

JR

77

54

Douglas County

Talen Turnbaugh

JR

77

54

Legend

Trevor Seeley

SR

77

59

Eaglecrest

Andrew White

SR

78

59

Heritage

Brody Mackey

SR

78

59

Castle View

Kade Bracken

SR

78

59

Poudre

Max Meland

SR

78

59

Fairview

Miles Kuhl

FR

78

64

Cherokee Trail

Christopher  O’Donnell

SO

79

64

Ralston Valley

Deacon Colwell

SR

79

64

Castle View

Enzo Chung

SR

79

64

Mountain Vista

Luke Duffy

JR

79

64

Legacy

Luke Tourault

SO

79

64

ThunderRidge

Ryan Oro

SR

79

70

Cherokee Trail

Brayden Forte

FR

80

70

Cherry Creek

Charlie Flaxbeard

SR

80

70

Brighton

Coby Puzio

JR

80

70

Eaglecrest

Preston Unrein

SR

80

74

Highlands Ranch

Nas Kim

SR

81

74

Denver East

Oliver Gottesfeld

SR

81

76

Valor Christian

Dylan Bundy

SR

82

76

Poudre

Jack Chambers

SR

82

76

Valor Christian

Maxwell Eide

JR

82

76

Boulder

Siadhal Sweeney

SR

82

80

Pine Creek

Bentley Barnett

SR

83

80

Denver East

Elijah  Johnson

FR

83

82

Boulder

Eamon Sweeney

SR

87

83

Regis Jesuit

Eli Handler

SR

90

DQ

Regis Jesuit

Cole Dewey

SR

DQ

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