Chatfield’s Heupel wins Jeffco tourney at Indian Tree

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By Alissa Noe

ARVADA — It’s no secret that Chatfield’s Max Heupel is a master on the golf course.
On Friday at the Indian Tree Golf Club, the junior Charger proved as much when he won not just the 5A competition but beat out every single golfer (including 4A) outright. He shot even with the par-70 course.
“The greens were pretty brutal. There were bumps and divots and all kinds of stuff. It was really hard to get the ball rolling straight,” Heupel said. “I did really, really good in spite of all of that. I didn’t think I was going to shoot that, even on a par-70 course. That’s awesome.”
He ended up being the saving grace for his team, which finished fourth overall with 331 strokes despite his winning mark. Ty Murray shot a 79, followed by Nick DiNapoli (80), Holden Beckette (102) and Scott O’Hayre (104).
“We’re definitely doing better than we normally do,” Heupel said. “This is the best Chatfield’s played ever since I’ve been here, but overall, it’s just still right in the middle, towards the bottom-ish.”
Aside from the Chargers, the Littleton-area schools performed quite well. As a team, Columbine tied for third place with the second-highest score, and Dakota Ridge finished fifth in 5A. In the 4A competition, D’Evelyn took fourth.

Boosted by a stellar fourth-place performance from Jack Abbott, who shot a 74, the Rebels were sitting pretty at the end of the tournament. That performance was only bolstered by Abbott’s teammates, who stayed right with him their entire round. In the end, Drex Duffy shot a 78, followed by Drew Bauer, Jimmy Asay and Alex Alva, who all scored an 81.
“I felt like I played all right,” senior Bauer said. “I definitely feel like I missed some opportunities. The putts weren’t dropping, and I missed a couple that were just ridiculous. … My irons were on, but I just couldn’t putt.”
The week before, Columbine won the invite that Bear Creek hosted, and Bauer feels the team is doing better than in previous seasons.
“I think we did all right,” he said. “We’ll probably finish average, probably third or fourth, hopefully. But we’ve still got to go after Ralston Valley.”

Dakota Ridge
Overall, the Eagles have had a pretty solid season, and Friday was no different. Led by seventh-place finisher Joe Ashley, who shot a 75, Dakota Ridge was able to finish strong.
That low mark, Ashley said, came in part thanks to the Indian Tree course itself.
“It’s just a fun track to play on. The greens are fun to spin the ball back pretty far,” he said. “It was a fun course, and I played better than I did previously.”
Behind him, Jacobi Villamaria shot an 88, Kaden Robinson and Blake Adams shot an 89, and Gage Evans scored a 99.
If the Eagles smooth out a few things in their game, Ashley believes they can be a force to be reckoned with later on.
“I think we can do pretty well, come in fourth or something like that, in a tournament,” he said.

Sam Spiers had himself a game on Friday.
In finishing first in the 4A competition, the D’Evelyn senior, who scored a 75, helped boost his team to a strong finish. He was followed by Medhaj Shrestha (81), Philip Ahn (82), Taylor Gustafson (95) and Tyler Carver (107).
Although he finished last on the team, sophomore Tyler Carver was happy with how he played and how his team performed. He believes the course played a part in that.
“The course conditions were pretty good,” Carver said. “The tees were pretty good; they were pretty clean. The greens were pretty fast, which is kind of a negative and a plus at the same time. The kids that I played with, they respected the course, and I appreciated that.”
For the most part, he said the team members have been keeping their individual scores in the 80s and 90s.