Lions show their youth, promise in 2012 opener

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Schroer, three other players fire in 80s at South Suburban

By Michael Hicks

CENTENNIAL — Scott Robb has yet to step foot in a classroom at Littleton High School, but the rising freshman has taken his first swing of the club for the Lions’ boys golf team. Sophomores Jake Meitzmaker and Jacob Fuchs saw their first varsity action as well Aug. 9 at South Suburban Golf Course.
Sure, it could’ve been better. It also could’ve been a lot worse.
In the Centennial League opener on the Par-72, 6,815-yard course, Littleton tied for 11th in the 12-team field, alongside Ponderosa, with a 350 team score. But while the Lions weren’t challenging Regis Jesuit and its 284 winning score for top team honors, Littleton wasn’t nearly as far behind as the score would indicate.
Junior Joe Schroer shot a 14-over 86 to lead four Lions with scores in the 80s. Fuchs shot an 87, junior Tim Bennett fired an 88 and Meitzmaker carded an 89. While they nearly mirrowed each other’s scores, Schroer saw room for improvement.
“We were consistent, but I don’t think a lot of our kids played to their full potential. It was a rough day for the first tournament, but we should play a little bit better,” Schroer said.
Robb added a 97.
Head coach Kevin Burdick is hopeful that his young players will focus more on the things they did right and not so much on the negatives and how they compared with other teams.
“We got some younger kids who can learn from this,” Burdick said. “They know what they scored. Now let’s try to beat that the next time out there.
“A couple of guys were noticeably nervous off the first tee. They were not quite to the point of shaking, but they had to settle down out there,” Burdick added. “I’m not too disappointed, but, obviously, we’ve still got some work to do.”
Regis Jesuit’s Cole Cunningham (68), Spencer Daintoni (70) and Nick Miller (71) led the way, all shooting under par. Rock Canyon came in second with a 310 total, followed by Heritage at 318.