Forbes, Spinzig qualify for state

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By Brian Forbes

Second place would be OK with Chance Forbes.

Finishing that high at next week’s Class 4A state golf championship in Colorado Springs would meet her goal of improving upon last year’s third-place finish.

But second place sure isn’t first place. And second place isn’t what drives any talented senior.

“I want it really bad,” Forbes said. “It is kind of something I’ve strived for and a goal I’ve had for so many years.”

Forbes and junior teammate Christina Spinzig will fly the Evergreen colors starting Monday in the two-day tournament at the historic Patty Jewett Golf Course.

Forbes is a prominent name on the short list of title contenders, while Spinzig, who placed ninth last year, remains a viable dark horse.

“I’m just going there to play my game and see how it turns out,” Spinzig said.

Both are coming off solid rounds in the regional tournament and shot scores that would have them in the mix. Forbes fired a 79, despite carding an 8 on one hole after she found the water – twice. Spinzig shot an 84.

By comparison, expected title contenders Lindsey McGetrick of Valor Christian comes in after shooting 78, and Kent Denver’s Olivia Garard and defending champion Elizabeth Kresock of Colorado Academy both shot 77s.

Last year at state, Forbes fired two 79s to card a two-day total of 158. Kresock, who had hung around in the top group each of the previous years, caught fire on the second day to finish with the low score of 150.

Spinzig shot 88 on the first day and 86 on the second to finish with 174.

In 2007, Forbes shot a second-day 90 to place 11th overall, while Spinzig was 10 strokes back to finish tied for 23rd.

Forbes finished in a tie for 12th her freshman year.

But all those numbers ultimately mean very little next week when Forbes and Spinzig tee it up. Both said they are feeling confident and both know that they can’t control anything outside their own game.

Patty Jewett Golf Course was built in 1898, which makes it the third-oldest course west of the Mississippi River. According to the Colorado High School Activities Association, the course will play a par-74 and measure 5,924 yards long. There will be six par-5 and four par-3 holes.

The course, in the shadow of Pikes Peak, has little water but some notoriously thick rough in some spots. Forbes played the course once this season and shot a 74. Spinzig said she plans to play it this weekend.

Forbes said the course should reward accurate drives, something she has excelled at this season. Spinzig’s strength this season also has been her long game. The greens at Patty Jewett also have a reputation for being easy to read.