Brentyn Paiz wins 4A particular person title, Windsor locations second as group – Greeley Tribune
In more ways than one, the number 2 proved to be the lucky number for the Windsor boys golf team today.
Yet, all said and done, the Wizards’ top golfer, senior Brentyn Paiz, refused to settle for anything less than number 1.
Windsor used an incredible second day to secure second place today during the final day of the two-day Class 4A boys golf state tournament at Denver’s City Park Golf Course. It was the highest team finish in program history.
But that wasn’t the only bit of history the Wizards made today.
With his 2-under-par two-round score of 138, Paiz became the first individual state golf champion in school history.
“It’s an awesome feeling, I can’t believe it,” Paiz said. “There wasn’t just one thing that helped me win this — it was a mixture of everything. I felt I had a good game plan that put me in some good positions on the course. And then, I made some good scores.”
Paiz and runner-up Reese Knox, a junior from Falcon, were tied atop the leaderboard with three holes left.
Paiz promptly birdied the par-5 hole 16 — which Knox pared — to gain a one-stroke advantage. Paiz remained one stroke up heading into the 18th and final hole.
Knox bogeyed the final hole — a 412-yard, par 4 — while Paiz sank a par putt to win the state title by two strokes.
“Even though it was stroke play, it really felt like match play,” Paiz said. “It was an awesome feeling.”
Paiz shot 3 under par today after shooting 1 over Monday.
Windsor senior Brentyn Paiz poses with his individual championship medal and his team’s runner-up team trophy after the Class 4A boys golf state tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Denver City Park Golf Course. Paiz was the 4A individual champion, shooting a two-total of 138. (Courtesy/Kenny Anderson)
Windsor coach Kenny Anderson witnessed his entire team come up clutch today.
The Wizards were fifth out of 15 teams after recording a three-golfer total of 231 on Day 1.
Today, they shot 17 strokes lower to climb three spots and finish just nine strokes behind state champion Riverdale Ridge (216-220-436).
Windsor’s 214 today was the lowest round of any team during the two-day event.
Freshman Kellen Ball tied for 19th, shooting a 1-over-par 71 after shooting a 79 Monday.
Junior Carter Hinkle tied for 36th, shooting a 76 after shooting an 81 Monday.
Though the tournament format scores only three golfers per team, junior Landon Ball was just as impressive as his three teammates in shaving off strokes today. He tied for 52nd, shooting an 80 after shooting an 83 Monday.
“It was just incredible,” Anderson said. “We didn’t play very well (Monday) as a team, and that put us in a pretty big hole. So, realistically, to win (the state title) was probably out of the question. … But we played some great golf today.”
As impressive as Windsor’s entire quartet was, no one in the 84-golfer field was as impressive as Paiz.
Paiz tied for 11th at state a year ago and tied for 14th as a sophomore two years ago.
“Brentyn has been on my junior programs at Pelican (Lakes Resort & Golf), and he’s helped me with my junior programs,” Anderson said. “It’s pretty special for him to win the individual title and to really catapult us into second place today. Truly, what an outstanding young man he is, and I’m really blessed to have had the opportunity to coach him for these four years, and even longer than that.”
Another top 10 finish
Northridge senior Traejan Andrews capped his stellar high school career in fitting fashion. He tied for sixth in the 4A tournament with a two-day total of 143 (73-70).
In what was the third top 10 finish of his high school career. Andrews tied for ninth a year ago and tied for fourth as a freshman in 2018.
The Eaton boys golf team from left to right: coach Gino Maio, Matt Paris, Cache Sanger, Peyton Walker, Cole Lockey. (Courtesy/Heather Walker)
Eaton, Severance cap seasons at Spring Valley
In the 3A state tournament at Spring Valley Golf Club in Elizabeth today, Eaton recorded a two-day total of 484 to place ninth, and Severance notched a 497 to finish 10 out of 13 teams.
Aspen took home the team title, shooting a 447. Vail Christian senior Connor Downey won the individual title (69-70-139).
Sophomore Peyton Walker led Eaton, tying for 16th (78-77-155). Junior Cache Sanger tied for 34th (79-81-160), and junior Cole Lockey tied for 55th (80-89-169).
Severance junior Brycen Farris swings his club on hole 14 at Todd Creek Golf Club in Thornton on Sept. 7, 2021. (Courtesy/Josh Gunderson)
Severance received its best finish from senior Carson Fagan, who tied for 40th (81-82,163). Senior Austin Guerette tied for 44th (79-86-165), and junior Brycen Farris tied for 55th (88-81-169).
Frontier Academy sophomore Daniel Wyperd tied for 50th (81-87-168), and Resurrection Christian junior Gage Meis tied for 65th (84-87-171).
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.