‘Up-and-down’ applies to first golf tourney of season

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By Steve Smith

FORT LUPTON — Prairie View’s Andy Yang shot a 1-over 72 in the first Eastern Metro Athletic Conference Northern Area golf tournament Aug. 7 at Coyote Creek. It was the top individual score of the tournament, and it included an eagle 2 on the 291-yard 14th hole.


Yet he described his round as “up and down.”

“I started out strong. Then I played weakly,” Yang said. “Then I finished strong. That’s how it works.”

Brighton’s Ryan Kropp carded an 8-over par 80 in the same threesome as Yang. He, too, described his round as “up and down.”

“On the front, I did alright,” Kropp said. “I’d like to have done better. On the back nine, I was hitting the ball solid. I finished up strong. A round like this is something I have to deal with.”

Kropp ran into trouble on the third and fourth holes. He played those two holes in 4-over par.

“It was a lack of focus,” he said. “I hit some good recovery shots on those holes. I hope to continue that in the future.”

Yang missed the state tournament by one shot a year ago.

“I’m a scratch player,” he said. “I came on strong on the back nine. But I struggled a little bit. That eagle on 14 was huge.”

Prairie View won the team title by 15 strokes over the Bulldogs. Northglenn was third, and Westminster placed fourth. PVHS’ Taron Ford turned in a 77, and Hunter Nicholas added an 87. The top three scores counted toward the team total. Carter Nordhus had an 88, and Justin Cutler carded a 91.

“It was a good first outing,” PVHS coach Dan Hamilton said. “Overall the kids played well and as a team they really stuck together. It was nice to play well as a team. Next week we have two tournaments, so hopefully we can keep our momentum going.”

Brighton’s Austin Ross had an 84, and Justin Kanda turned in an 87. Trey Hamblin had an 88, and Brice Pawlowski finished with a 102.

Thunder and lightning caused officials to delay play late in the round. The lead group, which included Kropp and Yang, just stepped up to the 18th tee when play was halted.


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