DENVER — Jared Sloan knows there’s a little bit of pressure. He can feel it. After all, the Front Range Christian golfer is the only returning 3A state qualifier on this year’s squad.
And though he carded a respectable 12-over-par 83 on Aug. 9 at the season-opening Mile High League match at the challenging Wellshire Golf Club, Sloan could’ve shot better, he said.
“I played well on the front. I just didn’t execute a few shots on the back that I would like to have back,” Sloan said. “That’s just how golf is played. You have to take what you can get.”
That was never more true than on the Par-4, 388-yard No. 17 where the Falcons senior’s tee shot sailed out of bounds. It was downhill from there as he settled for a 7-over 43 on the back nine.
But that’s what these early-season tournaments are all about, Sloan said. It’s the time to work out the shortcomings in one’s game.
“Jared had some glitches that we’re going to fix here soon,” Front Range Christian head coach and Jared’s father, Jeff Sloan, said. Yet, even still, his 83 matched his first-day score at state last season. So his game is on par from where it was last October.
Alexander Dawson’s Cam Connor was the meet’s top medalist, firing an even-par 71. Tyler Davis of Denver Christian was one stroke back and Ty Turecek carded a 4-over 75.
Fellow senior Brax Rhode fired a 95, junior Ben Anderson carded a 104, and Jonathan Roberts, a freshman in his first varsity tournament, shot 120 for the Falcons. Anderson said he drove the ball fine, but it was a few missed chips and coming up short on the greens that oppressed his score.
“I just got to take it one shot at a time and concentrate on one shot before the next. Just take one shot before another one,” Anderson said.
If anything positive came out of the opener it was the fact that Front Range Christian now has a target to shoot for.
“It gives them a mark to shoot for. … (Their scores) will come down gradually,” Coach Sloan said. “This is always a tough course. There are a lot of trees. I don’t put a lot of weight into it.”
Just like his son, Jared, doesn’t put much pressure on himself, at least not yet, to return to state. There’s time to concern oneself with that down the road. For now, it’s all about lowering one’s score.