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For FRCHS golf, playing in new conference a challenge

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The 2A school is having trouble competing against 3A teams

By Alissa Noe

After making the move from 2A to 3A in boys golf, Front Range Christian has had some adjustments to make whenever it approaches its competition, but that hasn’t deterred the team’s spirit on the green.

“The Mile High League was nice,” head coach Leslie Bloomquist said. “It was smaller, 2A Christian schools. We had our own little league and we were always in the mix. Now, it’s a little daunting because they always kind of put the big wigs with the big wigs when they pair them up, and we always seemed to be with Denver Christian, Sky Ridge and the smaller schools. Sometimes I feel like, ‘Well gee, my guy actually shot better than your guy,’ but it is what it is. We’re just happy to be in a league and play.”

After making the move up to 3A, the small-school Falcons find themselves in uncharted territory in comparison to other, traditionally 3A teams. With their limited roster and lack of sufficient varsity players — they only have three — the Falcons find it hard to make much of a collective splash in any tournament they compete in, especially when most other teams compete with their top four or five golfers.

Because of that, the players have learned to focus on improving themselves individually and on what really matters most in the high school athletics sphere.

“We just got to try to get better individually every week so we can try to qualify for state as an individual because we can’t do it as a team,” team leader and sophomore Breck Ferrin said. “I tell (my teammates) don’t worry about what you score, just have fun and if you have a bad day, it’s not a big deal. I had a few bad days last year, and I just got better.”

During a tournament last week at the Aurora Hills Golf Course in Aurora, Ferrin and his junior counterpart Davis Stewart both hit their personal bests, shooting a 77 and a 78, respectively. That was good for 12th and a tie at 16th overall among their competition.

“During the summer, Breck and I practiced almost every day. It’s part of the reason we’ve gotten so much better is because we’ve had so much experience being able to play good golf,” Stewart said. “Individually, we can perform pretty well, but as a team it’s hard to score well.”

With the strains on team performance at competitions, Bloomquist and her cast of Falcons will rely on Ferrin and Stewart to lead the way for the team and put their name on the 3A map this season.

“I’m just hoping that my two top guys stay in the mix and really show some of these bigger schools that we may be a little, tiny 2A school but we have some good golfers and they’re ready to compete and they’re ready to hopefully go to regionals and make it to state,” Bloomquist said. “That would be awesome.”