Fossil Ridge finished just one stroke behind Legacy in the team standings at the SouthRidge league match to open the boys golf season Thursday.
Every SaberCats golfer was within 10 strokes of par, and Eric Hill shot a two-under 69 to lead all golfers.
Rocky Mountain finished sixth and Fort Collins was seventh despite missing its best golfer, sophomore A.J. Ott, who finished tied for sixth at state last season. Ott was playing The Big One at Pinehurst on Thursday, and so missed the first league match. Poudre finished 10th.
Coach Andy Stevens said Hill’s strong start to the season is a testament to the work he put in during the summer, playing tough tournament competition to prepare for the fall season.
All of the Fossil Ridge golfers seemed well prepared for the early start. Stevens said he was most impressed with how consistent the SaberCats were from top to bottom.
“That’s really going to help us this season,” Stevens said.
Stevens has said previously that the new “waterfall” regional setup will put a lot of emphasis on league finish. If the SaberCats’ start is any indication, a strong league finish looks likely.
“Definitely,” said Stevens, talking about whether the fast start gives the team confidence. “There are some really strong players in our league…but from a team standpoint, I think teams will have trouble with our depth.”
Rocky Mountain’s Matt Bell finished third at even-par 71. Coming up third among city golfers was Fossil Ridge’s Will Thwaits, who shot a 73. Fort Collins’ Hunter Paugh shot a 74 and Fossil Ridge’s Brooks Hoffman shot a 78. Poudre’s best round came from Nick Rozga, who carded an 85 on a day in which coach Phil Coatman said the team struggled.
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