The final stretch unfolded in a tight race — just as he had anticipated.
Windsor junior Cole Krantz was aiming to be in contention for the individual title entering the Class 4A boys golf state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
He predicted a close finish between himself, Silver Creek’s Jackson Solem and Valor Christian’s Coby Welch, which is what transpired Tuesday.
The three golfers were tied after the first nine holes of Tuesday’s final round. By the 18th, just three strokes separated them.
Solem won the title by one stroke, carding a 1-under-par 139. Directly behind was Welch at even par and Krantz finished third at two-over.
“Things started to get intense there at the end,” said Krantz, who was playing in the final group with Solem. “We weren’t rooting against each other, but definitely paying attention to the other’s game.”
Krantz fell from his share atop the leader board on the No. 12 hole when landed in the trees, resulting in a double bogey. Solem birdied the same hole to distance himself as the leader.
The third-place finish is Krantz’s highest in his third appearance at the state championships.
He finished tied for 44th in 2013 as a freshman and tied for 19th last season as a sophomore.
“It was a lot of fun out there today,” Krantz said. “I’m already looking forward to coming back next year to keep building on what I’ve done.”
Windsor junior Sutton Herman also competed in his first-ever state appearance. He finished tied for 77th at plus-38.
3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS — Resurrection Christian placed sixth among 14 teams competing at Eagle Ranch Club in Eagle, carding a team score of 496 (64-over).
Leading the Cougars was junior Harrison Turner, who finished tied for 17th overall at 17-over par.
Sophomore Micah Ramirez finished tied for 28th at 23-over, senior Warren Turner was tied for 30th at 24-over and junior Camden Stocker placed 51st at 39-over.
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