Ptach shoots career low |

Ptach shoots career low

Steamboat ties for 11th at tourney

Luke Graham

The gallery waits behind the 18th green Tuesday during the final round of the 4A high school state golf championships. Yampa Valley Golf Course was the backdrop for more than 80 of Colorado's best high school golfers

Scott Ptach could feel it coming.

He’d been playing well for the better part of three weeks and had already shot a 77 on the opening day of the Class 4A state golf championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

Ptach just wanted another round in the 70s. But the Steamboat Springs High School junior got much more.

Ptach shot a career-best 3-over par 73 on Tuesday, including an even-par 35 on his front nine, to shoot a two-day total of 150. Fellow junior Kaelen Gunderson shot a 76 on Tuesday, also to shoot a two-day total of 150. The scores were good enough for a tie for 11th place.

“I think it definitely was a confidence-booster shooting even on the front nine,” Ptach said. “Getting started like that and it’s like nothing can go wrong. I still had three bogies on the back, which isn’t good, but I maintained it.”

Ptach had a bogey on No. 3 and a birdie on No. 5 on his way to even par on the front nine. Despite bogies on 11, 13 and 17 on the back nine, Ptach said he was more than pleased.

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“I was just a little bit more relaxed,” he said. “I focused on all my shots. 73 is great. I wasn’t expecting that. It’s sweet to put up two rounds like that together.”

While Gunderson tied Ptach, he said he didn’t play like he should have. After shooting a 74 on day 1, Gunderson started off hot Tuesday. He was 3-over par going into No. 16, before finishing bogey, double-bogey, par on his last three holes.

“I have to keep working on my chipping,” Gunderson said. “My putting was good (Tuesday). But I really need to work on my mental game. It’s staying focused for 18 holes instead of 16.”

Still, with the way things played out during the two-day tournament, there was a lot of optimism coming from the Steamboat coaches.

Considering Ptach and Gunderson are just juniors, and that sophomore Alan Capistron was consistently in the 70s all year but didn’t make the state tournament, Sailors coach Steve Dodson said he’s excited about the possibilities next year.

“I don’t see our program going backwards at all,” said Dodson, who wanted to thank all four Steamboat-area golf courses for letting the Sailors practice on them. “I think we’re getting stronger. This is proof: 150 on a difficult golf course is good. I’m happy for the two kids. All in all, it was a great tournament.”

D’Evelyn’s Brenden Beeg shot a 4-under par 66 for a two-day total of 136 to finish as low medalist. Valor Christian’s Wyndham Clark, who followed up his 66 on Monday with a 76 on Tuesday, finished six shots back. Andrew McCain of Pueblo Centennial and Ryan Hooks of Evergreen had two round scores of 145 to finish tied for third.

Beeg’s round also helped D’Evelyn to its first state golf championship in school history. D’Evelyn had a two-day score of 439, seven shots better than Greeley Central. Day 1 leader Montrose finished at 453, good enough for third place.

Yampa Valley Golf Course; 6,505 yards

Par: 70

– Brenden Beeg, D’Evelyn, 70-66 – 136

– Wyndham Clark, Valor Christian, 66-76 – 142

– Ryan Hooks, Evergreen, 72-73 – 145

– Andrew McCain, Pueblo Centennial, 72-73 – 145

– Justin Russell, Montrose, 70-76 – 146

– Colin Hendrickson, Thompson Valley, 73-73 – 146

– Justin Mortensen, Alamosa, 74-73 – 147

– David Oraee, Greeley West, 76-71 – 147

– Chris Dillon, Mullen, 75-74 – 149

– Brenden Connolly, Rock Canyon, 75-74 – 149

– Bryan Schlichter, Evergreen, 75-75 – 150

– Nick Umholtz, Greeley Central, 73-77 – 150

– Michael Lee, Greeley Central, 76-74 – 150

– Kaelen Gunderson, Steamboat Springs, 74-76 – 150

– Scott Ptach, Steamboat Springs, 77-73 – 150

– Cameron Brown, Battle Mountain, 74-77 – 151

– Ryan Kellerhouse, Lewis-Palmer, 75-76 – 151

– Tyler Winslow, Niwot, 76-75 – 151

– Jarron Cito, Roosevelt, 76-75 – 151

– Ryan Choi, Cheyenne Mountain, 73-79 – 152