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Sibling rivalry, timely shots help Tait

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The Columbine sophomore ties for third, helps team finish second at Broadlands

By Michael Hicks

BROOMFIELD — Columbine golfers Marcus and Michael Tait have a friendly sibling rivalry on the links.

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And while Michael may be a couple of years older, there’s no doubt that Marcus, a sophomore, takes pride in beating his older brother, like he did Aug. 14 at the Broadlands Golf Course.

“Yeah, there is. We don’t like to talk about it,” Tait joked about the sibling rivalry.

But, one could tell, that beating his older brother sure felt good after Marcus carded an even-par 72 at the second 5A Jeffco League meet of the season. He tied Lakewood’s Jack Castiglia for third place. Griffin Bavela of Lakewood and Pomona’s Grant Olinger shared top medalist honors with a 2-under 70.

Tait, who started on No. 9 in the shotgun start, was 4-under after his first nine holes, but then he started missing putts, which led to a double bogey on the Par-5 No. 5. Even so, for the most part, his putter was working quite nicely.

“I was just hitting the spots. I only had one three-putt today,” said Tait, who also topped his older brother two days earlier at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City by a stroke.

Fellow Rebel Evan Tooley carded a 3-over 75, Michael Tait shot a 77 and Chase Anderson added a 79 as Columbine finished with a 303 total to finish second in the eight-team meet, four shots back of Lakewood. Ralston Valley came in third with a 306, led by three golfers Roy Carlsen (74), Nick Medina (75) and Luke Stephenson (77). Columbine’s fifth golfer – Mike Fallander – shot an 84.

Chatfield senior Alan Berry was a stroke back of Marcus Tait, primarily because of a 4-over-par on the Par-4 No. 2.

“I kind of got unlucky. I kicked off the cart path and it went out of bounds,” Berry said. “I hit another that apparently they couldn’t find, so I hit another off the tee. To have an eight from there I can’t be too upset with it.”

Other than that one hole, Berry, who was joined in the 70s by teammate Cody Reynolds with a 7-over 79, called the round a decent one.

“It’s an all-right day. I would’ve liked to have shot a little lower I guess,” said Berry, who carded a 77 three days earlier at Broken Tee.

Chatfield was fourth with a 326. Michael Bidwell shot a 14-over 86, Ted Stroupe shot an 88, and Connor Vecqueray scored a 91.

Dakota Ridge’s top finisher was Paul Fox, who shot a 40 on the front nine and 38 on the back for a 6-over 78. That was 10 strokes better than the opener at Broken Tee.

“I was playing it without being nervous. It was all mental today,” Fox said. “I was also hitting my shots better, more confident in my driver.”

Dakota Ridge was fifth with a 339. Other scorers included Jack Korte (85), Max Mowry (87), Peyton Turner (89) and Fischer Matthews (93).

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.