Sabercats win League Tournament after stellar performance


Senior Grant Samuelson attempting a put on the 18th hole.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

Fossil Ridge finished first in the 5A Front Range League Championship, as their top five scorers totalled 285 strokes, or three under par.

This marked the only time all season where the Sabercats finished first in a league matchup. Fossil often found themselves in the top three, alongside both Fairview and Monarch High School. The championship provided more of the same, with Fairview finishing second only two strokes behind Fossil, and Monarch in third only five strokes back.

A major advantage for the Sabercats came in the course familiarity. With the tournament taking place at the Harmony Club in Timnath, the Fossil golfers played plenty of rounds at that course, giving them a distinct competitive edge.

“A lot of us knew that course, but we also knew that we all needed to play well as we haven’t throughout the season, but we all stepped up and did our part,” said sophomore Cole Rodgers.

Rodgers put on a highlight performance, finishing under par alongside Austin Barry. Rodgers ended with a total of 71 strokes for a score of -1. After starting +2 through the first five holes, Rodgers turned it around with a -3 on his final 13 holes. This included a strong ending stretch, netting three birdies on the final four holes.

“It felt pretty good, I had a lot of opportunities and I stuck with it the whole way through. There were lots of ups and downs, but I was consistent and that’s all that matters,” Rodgers said.

Fossil Ridge now looks forward to their regional tournament on Thursday, September 22 at the South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial. The team will look to keep their momentum rolling, and secure another big tournament victory.

“[Our goals] are just to play as a team, try our best, take the courses hole by hole, shot by shot, and take advantage of our next opportunity,” Rodgers said.