Prep golfers weather storm delay in tourney

Continental League event is shortened to 9 holes by lightning

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ThunderRidge High School boys golf coach Jim McCord was the director for the Continental League’s first tournament of the season on August 6 at the Broken Tee golf course in Sheridan.

It was one of the first competitive high school tournaments as high school athletes have to adjust to the requirements dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And Mother Nature had something to say, as two lightning delays forced McCord to reduce the league tourney to nine holes and there is a good chance that the team scores will not be used to determine standings.

“It was a little crazy with the lighting delays,” said McCord. “We’ve gone from 18 to nine holes, but the course, the coaches and players were accommodating.

“This is first kind of back-to-normal for high-school athletics. It was nice to have the kids back out and doing what they should be able to do. We have to be cautious for good reasons.”

There were three golfers who had sub-par rounds on the back nine at Broken Tee.

Charlie Tucker of Rock Canyon carded a 4-under-par 32 for nine holes while Luke Cushman of Castle View had a 2-under-par 34 and Cole Dewey of Regis Jesuit came in with a 35.

Four golfers were even par for nine holes. They were Spencer Schlagel of Legend, Zane Aiken and James Beckett of Ponderosa and Chaparral’s Jack Stafford.

“It was good to get out on the course, even nine holes,” said Rock Canyon’s Nick Fallin, who carded a 41. “It was good to be back with the team. I think all the things we are doing with COVID-19 are good.

“I played a bunch of summer tournaments and they all went well. It was good there were events and we could still play golf. It was definitely a different round today.

“There were two weather delays. Some kids might have been rusty but I played a lot in the summer. I definitely wouldn’t want to miss playing high school golf this fall. We are doing all the measures to keep it safe.”

Colin McCready of Chaparral shot a 43 and admitted he was rusty.

“It was pretty nice to be out here but I was a little rusty but I had some fun,” he said. “The weather delays weren’t good but it was still nice to be out here.

“I played a little bit this summer with my friends but no tournaments. It’s been a whole year since I’ve played competitively.”

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