Cole Krantz didn’t hold back his excitement — he was happy to wear his emotions on his sleeve.
If you asked him how he felt this same time last year, however, his response would have shown signs of anxiety.
Wind back two years and he’d confess that he was downright terrified.
The Windsor High School junior is making his third consecutive appearance at the Class 4A boys golf state championships on Monday.
The experience he’s gained in each stint has made him feel more comfortable entering the two-day competition at Fox Hills Golf Club in Longmont.
“You definitely learn a lot just from being there in that environment,” Krantz said. “I remember being so scared as a freshman. It’s pretty cool to look back on the progression.”
That progression has been seen in both his composure and performances.
As a freshman, Krantz placed tied for 44th overall in the 2013 state championships, shooting 31 strokes over par.
He returned the following season to improve his individual placement to tied for 19th with a score of 13-over.
“Every year it seems to get better, which is why I have a specific goal in mind this time,” Krantz said. “I really believe I’m capable of competing to win it this year.”
This time around, Krantz won’t be working with the comfort of having the rest of his Windsor teammates alongside him.
Instead, the Wizards qualified just two individuals from their regional tournament, leaving them to rely on one another.
Sutton Herman, also a junior, will be join Krantz in his first-ever state appearance.
Like his older brother, Brett, and former teammates once did for him, Krantz will be there to provide guidance for Herman in his state debut.
“Anything that Cole has to say, you can see Sutton soaking it all in,” Windsor coach Doug Hammond said. “He is a natural leader without even knowing it. He’s had the respect of the entire team all year long.”
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Class 3A state championships
Resurrection Christian golfers will compete at Eagle Ranch Golf Club:
•Warren Turner, senior
•Camden Stocker, junior
•Harrison Turner, junior
•Micah Ramirez, sophomore