In search of a title

Sailors, Franks within reach of state championship

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An opening hole double bogie and several missed putts left Sailor Jeff Franks frustrated as he made his way off the No. 18 green at the Boomerang Links Monday, following the first round of the Colorado High School Golf Championships.

But he was not alone.

More than a few golfers in the field of 84 were frustrated as they made their way off the course in Greeley. The state championship course featured a number of hazards that could derail any golfers' title dreams.

Although Franks was disappointed as he left the 18th green, he also knows that both individual and team titles are attainable.

"It's still within reach, but I can't have another stupid day," Franks said. "It wasn't a good round of golf and it wasn't an acceptable performance on my part."

Despite what Franks called a "sub-par performance", he is still within four strokes of the lead held by Greeley West's Jared Danford and Tyler Bishop of Skyline. Both golfers finished Monday's opening round with scores of 69.

As a team, Steamboat finished at 230 and is currently in sixth place, but they are just seven strokes off the pace set by Greeley West, which finished with a total of 223.

The Greeley team was led by Danford, who shot a 33 on the challenging front nine, and capped it off with 36 on the back nine.

Bishop also shot his best score on the front (which troubled most of the field) en route to his share of the lead.

Tom Glissmeyer of Cheyenne Mountain, Donnie Zaruba of Skyline and Jim Grady of Broomfield, all finished at 70. Nick Marino of Mountain View and David Cosel of Lewis Palmer are at 71, and Darrin Hall of Mullen is at 72. Franks is tied with seven other golfers at 73.

"I'm not going to hold anything back," Franks said. "I guess it's kind of good that I don't have the lead, because last year I was six out and came back and ended up third. This year, I'm only four out, so with a good day hopefully I will be right in there."

Thanks to solid play by his teammates, the Sailors are also right in there for the team title.

Cody Sherrill's 77, Kenton Gamache's 80 and Ryan Brees' 82 helped the Sailors post a team score of 230.

"I think if we all shoot 70s (in today's round) we will be right there in the top," Brees said. "I think we are all pretty confident, but we will just have to see what happens."

Like his teammates, Brees said he felt pretty good about his performance on the back nine. Unfortunately, he struggled on the front side which featured water and very tight fairways.

"I'm happy with the way we played for the first day," coach Jason Deigert said. "We didn't shoot ourselves out of it. Everybody is going to have to come back tomorrow and improve on the things they didn't do well today. Hopefully, they can come out today and be a little more relaxed on the first tee and focus more on what they are trying to accomplish, rather than the atmosphere of the event."

Gamache things it will be easier on the second day.

"I don't think I will be quite as nervous on the second day," Gamache said. "I'm happy with the way I played, but hopefully I can do a little better."

The 4A state championships will continue at 8:30 a.m. today in Greeley.

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