Basalt golfers seventh in Broomfield
BROOMFIELD, Colo. A 3-putt on the 18th green on the final day at state was not how Basalt’s Jim Knous envisioned the conclusion of his final high school tournament.A medal should help ease any lingering discontent: The senior, who won nine of 11 regular-season tournaments and helped Basalt clinch consecutive regional titles, battled a head cold and difficult Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield, posting two 4-over-par rounds of 75 to finish seventh out of 84. The top 10 golfers in the final standings received medals.Connor Rakowski finished with two 76s, and Marty Knous posted an 87 and 83 for the Longhorns, who finished seventh for a second straight year. Beau Schoolcraft recorded a 69 and 68 to finish first overall and propel Kent Denver to the team title. Pueblo Centennial and Greeley Central finished second and third, respectively.”Having a 3-putt from 40 feet on the last hole of my high school career is not very good,” said Knous, who tied for 19th and 17th in two previous trips to state. “But I had a great time this whole season. I would’ve liked to lower that score a little bit.”Knous was 2-over heading to No. 8, his 17th hole of the round, Monday. His 3-wood off the tee on the par-4 dogleg to the right nestled underneath a pine – one of the few trees on the entire course. He dropped behind the tree and faced the unenviable task of trying to hook the ball around the obstruction, and miss the water that lined the hole’s entire right side. The ball didn’t hook. He found the water. He stuck his pitch from 40 yards three feet from the hole and sank the putt for a 6. Coincidentally, No. 8 was the lone hole Knous birdied during the second round.”That hole came up and got me,” he joked. “It’s not really a course where there’s a lot of birdie holes. You have to hit a lot of shots close to make birdies, and I didn’t do that often. I had a couple bad holes, and they just cost me.”Knous’ final round included three straight bogeys on holes 4 through 6. He failed to get up and down on the par-3 fourth and sixth after errant tee shots, and his attempt to hit the green from the rough on his second shot at the par-5 fifth found the water once more.After a solid stretch, Knous ran into trouble at 16 when he three-putted for bogey. He lined up a 40-footer for birdie at 18 but came up considerably short. He missed his second and walked off the green for his final time in Basalt black and purple with a bogey. The disappointment did little to temper a successful senior year, Knous and head coach Pat Riley said.”He stuck with it and came out and did his best,” Riley said. “The boys worked hard, and we had a great season.” “This is so fun doing all this, and I’m happy with the way things played out,” Knous added. “Whether [my career] continues on from here, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”Jon Maletz’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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Prior to starting his trek across U.S., Larkins had never run more than a marathon and had never been to Colorado