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Jeon cards third-place finish at state

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By Brian Forbes

Min Kyu Jeon’s fortunes changed with the weather at the Class 3A boys golf state championship at Cougar Canyon Golf Course in Trinidad.

A pre-tournament favorite, the Front Range Christian senior teed it up Oct. 5 against a wind that fluctuated between 25 and 30 miles-per-hour. Jeon carded an 86 and was 10 strokes behind the leader.

With the winds under control the following day, Jeon dropped 11 strokes to card a 75 and placed third overall for the second consecutive year.

“He shot the worst round I’ve ever seen him shoot the first day,” Falcons coach Greg Blake said. “I was impressed with his second day … After a day like that, that was pretty impressive.”

Jeon’s two-day total of 161 trailed only St. Mary’s Andrew Cornella, who shot a 156, and medallist Peter Hassan of Alexander Dawson, who shot a 155 to lead both days.

“The course was awesome,” Blake said. “It’s a really nice course. Pretty much target-placement golf.”

Kent Denver won the team race by 22 strokes over Trinidad.

Allen and Tripp lead Eagles

The Dakota Ridge Eagles had two golfers finish inside the top-10 at the Class 5A boys golf state championship at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora.

Nick Allen finished in a three-way tie for fourth place to lead the Eagles. Zach Tripp was part of a six-way tie for ninth place.

Allen shot a 77 on his first round Oct. 5, and shot a 74 in his final round to card a 151, which was nine strokes behind medallist Caleb Barker of Highlands Ranch, who cruised to a five-stroke victory over Douglas County’s Cody Kent.

Tripp knocked one stroke off his opening-round total to shot a 77 and 76 for a total of 153. Teammate Drew Vance shot an 86 and 80 and finished in a tie for 48th with a total of 166.

Chatfield’s state duo was led by Gavin Virtue, who shot a 78 and 81 to card a 159 and finish in a seven-way tie for 24th. Nick Berry shot a 168 to place in a three-way for 57th.

Columbine’s lone representative, Alex Macaluso, shot a 178 to finish in a tie for 80th.