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Senior Peterson prepared for 2013 season

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Evergreen golfer embarks on final shot at a state title

By Michael Hicks

Kyle Peterson is committed to his trade. The Evergreen senior golfer played in so many tournaments this summer that there were, in his words, too many to count.
Yet it should come as no surprise that he was in contention in quite a few of those tournaments, even winning a Rocky Mountain Junior golf tournament in Broomfield in May with a two-day total of 1-over-par 145. It is those experiences that Peterson hopes to benefit from when Evergreen High opens the 2013 season Aug. 14 at Hyland Hills Golf Course in Westminster.
“I think it will help me a lot. I’ve been shooting really good numbers this summer. The experience is definitely there,” Peterson said.
Peterson was among a handful of Evergreen players who played in Colorado Junior Golf Association and Rocky Mountain Junior golf tournaments this summer. Any number of his teammates, be it fellow senior Kyle Malazdrewicz or freshman Liam Short, could make some noise on the 4A scene this year, but there’s little question who is Evergreen’s top player going into the season, head coach Mike Kuzava said.
“We’re pretty sure Kyle Peterson is our best player,” Kuzava said. “It’s his senior year, and he’s been playing incredible golf all summer. He’s got an eye on getting a golf scholarship, and he deserves it.”
Peterson is considering the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Mesa and Regis University as possible next steps in his life, but first he has his sights set on this season and a possible 4A state championship.
Peterson placed seventh at state as a sophomore at Windsor’s Pelican Lakes Golf Course, carding a 1-over 145. Last year, the 4A Jeffco League MVP tied for 16th with a 10-over-par 154 at The Links at Cobble Creek in Montrose. Both years Evergreen, as a team, placed seventh.
Peterson, who helped the Cougars win their first 4A Jeffco League title since 1998 a season ago, is hopeful for a bounce-back performance at state this year, especially with the tournament scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Evergreen’s Hiwan Country Club.
“I play there a lot. It’s definitely my home course. I know the course very well,” Peterson said. “It’s a huge advantage, especially with how hard it is.”
That’s not to say that the tournament won’t be tough. It will be. The nerves will surely kick in, and Peterson knows he’ll have to learn how to control those nerves. But, assuming he gets to state, he believes he has a pretty good shot at contending for a title this year.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.

EVERGREEN COUGARS
Head coach: Mike Kuzava
Classification: 4A Jeffco
2012 recap: Evergreen won the 4A Jeffco League title for the first time since 1998 behind the play of league MVP Kyle Peterson. The team tied Mullen for second at regionals and finished seventh for a second straight year at the 4A state tournament. 
Players to watch: Kyle Peterson, Sr.; Kyle Malazdrewicz, Sr.; Liam Short, Fr.; Lenny Urbas, Fr.
Season opener: Aug. 14, Hyland Hills Golf Course, Westminster, 8:30 a.m.
State finals: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Hiwan Golf Club, Evergreen
Outlook: “This is the most talented and hard-working team we’ve had since I’ve been coaching. We’ve got a mixture of experience and youth, and a lot of options between our top eight players for varsity tournaments,” Kuzava said. Malazdrewicz joins Peterson as a returning state qualifier.