Playoff pays off for Parsloe

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For adults insecure about their golf games, Thursday wasn't a good day to be hanging around the Haymaker Golf Course.

Four boys shot under par, and Steamboat Springs' Ryan Brees and Paul Berry finished with par 72s as the Haywhacker Championship wrapped up Thursday afternoon.

The Haywhacker is a Colorado Junior Golf Association two-day tournament, and all the competitors were boys and girls ages 18 and younger.

Thunderridge High School's Tyler Parsloe won the tournament in the championship division, defeating his best friend, Branden Barron of Chaparral High School, in a two-hole playoff. Both 15-year-olds made par on the 18th before Parsloe made a short par putt on the first hole for the victory.

Barron's par putt had lipped out just moments before.

The win was Parsloe's first on the CJGA tour and his first playoff experience.

Brees, an Adams State College golf recruit, just missed joining the playoff after bogeying the final hole in regulation. Brees was headed for an easy win, but that's when the game of golf can play the meanest tricks.

Brees bogeyed the final four holes to finish at even par. He shot a 32 on the front nine.

"I played the front nine well," Brees said. "As a group, we were 7 under on the front nine. Going into 15, I had a three-shot lead. I hit a couple bad shots and missed some putts."

Brees finished third with a two-day score of 144.

With their golf balls on or near the green, the foursome of Brees, Berry, Parsloe and Barron was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning on Hole 18. The U.S. Open was air inside the clubhouse, providing an appropriate diversion.

When play resumed, Parsloe and Barron made par to advance to the playoff. The two replayed the 18th hole, and it appeared as if Parsloe would win when his drive landed in the middle of the fairway and Barron's tee shot went left and into the thick rough.

"I didn't think I had it," Parsloe said. "I think I'll have it, and he'll hit a great shot."

Parsloe proved to be correct after Barron hit a great second shot out of the rough, laying up about 160 yards from the pin. Parsloe's second shot found a thicker patch of grass immediately in front of the green.

Both saved par. Parsloe and Barron used irons off the tee on the second playoff hole, Hole 1, to avoid danger on either side of the fairway. Parsloe was on the green safely in two, and Barron chipped on in three but missed his par putt, opening the door for Parsloe to win.

Cheyenne's Klint Krieger was fourth with a two-day total of 145. Berry finished fifth with a 146.

"I played well (Thursday)," Berry said. "I let it go on the last couple of holes and had an unfortunate break on 18."

Berry dropped his club while taking it out of his bag, and the club inadvertently hit his ball.

Steamboat's Kenton Gam-ache, the lone other local golfer in the championship division, tied for seventh.

While the boys' championship division title came down to a short putt, the girls' title in the 14 to 18 age division wasn't nearly as close. Parker's Leslie McGetrick, 15, won by 35 strokes against Jamie Engelkemier. Jessica Lee was third.

McGetrick, who played in the Haywhacker last year, said she was relaxed Thursday, knowing she almost had a nine-hole lead on her side. She shot an 84 Wednesday.

"My short game was really good (Wednesday), and I didn't go in the thick stuff (Thursday)," she said. "Haymaker's pretty. It's pretty hard, too."

Complete results from the tournament weren't available at press time, but scores can be viewed at www.cogolf.org.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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