Tyler Thornton leads the way for TJ boys’ golf.
The smell of the freshly cut grass and the warm sunny sky at the City Park Golf Course could make any of the golfers at the City Cup smile. However, that was not the only reason that Thomas Jefferson senior Tyler Thornton was grinning after his round on Tuesday. Thornton shot a round of 80 to finish 2nd overall and spark a solid Spartan effort in the city championship. "Of course I was a little dissapointed I didn’t win it, but overall I was happy with my effort," said Thornton, who came into the tournament averaging a score of 79 per round for the season and was ranked 1st in the city.
Thornton finished a stroke behind Jesse Gaas from Denver East, but the shot of the day belonged to the Thomas Jefferson senior. Thornton drove the green on the 14th hole, a 365 yard Par 4, and would eventually go on to make birdie. Also having a good round for the Spartans was sophmore Andrew Knoll who shot an 83 for the day. Following behind Knoll for the Spartans were brothers Colin and Kyle Freeland. Kyle, a freshman, shot a 93 in the tournament while older brother Colin, a senior, shot a 97.
The Spartans look to build off this tournament as they head to regionals next week at Deer Creek Golf Course against the likes of perrenial powerhouses Kent Denver and Mullen. "I love the Deer Creek course and so I am really excited for regionals," stated Thornton. Clearly, this TJ team is just waiting for another beautiful day to display their golfing skills.