Peterson ties for 16th at 4A state

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Evergreen trio leads team to a 7th-place finish at Montrose

By Michael Hicks

Evergreen junior Kyle Peterson tied with four others for 16th with a 10-over-par 154 at the two-day 4A boys golf state championship at The Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose on Oct. 1-2.
“Kyle P. was just a bit off at state. His putter or the greens or the combination of both is where he slipped a little,” Evergreen head coach Mike Kuzava said. “But he’s got one year left, and I know he’ll do what it takes to get back into the top-10 next time around. He is the heart of our team.”
Senior Sam Theil tied for 23rd with a 13-over 157, while Kyle Malazdrewicz tied for 50th with a 22-over 166. Theil was only 3-over after Day 1, but struggled with five bogeys and three triple bogeys in the second round. He did, however, eagle the Par-5, 556-yard No. 9 on Oct. 2.
“Sam Theil has been a pleasure to coach, and we’ll miss him,” Kuzava said. “He put it together on Day 1, which was so nice to watch. On Day 2, he was 6-over-par on the Par 5s, and that’s what hurt him. He came a long way as a golfer and, more importantly, as a person this season.
“As for Kyle M., without a doubt he was our most improved player for the season. Last year, he shot in the mid-90s mostly. With some hard work and lessons over the spring and summer he was in the low 80s. If it weren’t for him we probably wouldn’t have won our league and wouldn’t have made it as a team to state.”
Pueblo Centennial’s Jacob Allenback won the state title with a 5-under 139 total, holding off a hard-charging Josh McLaughlin of Thompson Valley by two strokes.
Pueblo South won the 4A team title after winning a playoff over Valor Christian on the second playoff hole. Both teams shot an 11-over-par 443 in regulation. Evergreen finished seventh with a 45-over 477.
“Overall, we’re very pleased with our team’s season. We won the 4A Jeffco League for the first time in quite a while and beat 61 of the other 68 teams from Colorado in 4A. Not too shabby,” Kuzava said. “We should be even better and deeper next season, too.”