First-ever state golf championship for Coronado High School
Leading the way was Isaac Petersillie, who came within one shot of the individual title. He shot a 74 in the first round of 18 holes at Colorado Springs Country Club and 70 in the second, putting him at two over par for the tournament.
Combined with Austin Burgess' 78-73 and Wes Moran's 74-77, the team total of 446 strokes for two rounds was an eye-opening 21 lower than that of second-place Lakewood. Each school is allowed four players, with the top three scores counting. But even if fourth man Luke Travins' score (79-79) had been used instead of Petersilie's, for example, Coronado would still have won handily, coach Marty Cornell pointed out.
This was the first year Coronado has competed in golf at the 5A level, which encompasses the schools in the state with the largest enrollments. Coronado had been in 4A last year - finishing fourth at state with Petersilie claiming individual honors - but had to move up because of District 11 boundary changes that brought the school more students.
This year, Coronado's golfers won every tournament they entered, earning the Metro League trophy en route. Tournaments typically have golfers from 20 or more schools.
“It was quite the accomplishment,” said Cornell, who was in his first year as Coronado's coach. “I didn't know how good they were until about the fourth tournament, I realized there was something special brewing here.”
A former state qualifier himself when he was a student at Widefield High in 1981, Cornell said he didn't try to change his players' swings, just to “prepare them mentally. That's 90 percent of the game. And they responded well.”
Adding to the enjoyment of the victory is the fact that all four Coronado players are underclassmen. Petersilie, Burgess and Moran are juniors, with Travins a sophomore.
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