Kent Moore of Centennial, let’s just say, is a veteran golfer who relies on his years of experience to keep pace with younger players.
He will be making his sixth appearance in a U.S. Mid-Amateur tournament, which will be held next month at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker and CommonGround Golf Club in Aurora.
Moore was one of four golfers to advance to the national tournament in a Mid-Amateur qualifying tournament that featured 81 players on Aug. 19 at The Club at Inverness in Arapahoe County.
David Lysaught of Denver was the medalist with a 1-under-par 69 while Moore, Matt Call of Castle Rock and Ryan Axlund of Aurora each carded even par rounds of 70 to earn a spot in the Mid-Am, which will be held Sept. 14-19.
The 36-hole stroke play portion will be held at Colorado Golf Club and CommonGround on Sept. 14 and 15 with the low 64 competitors advancing to match play, which will be hosted at Colorado Golf Club in Parker.
The Mid-Am is for amateur players who have reached their 25th birthday as of Sept. 14 and have a handicap index that does not exceed 3.4.
Moore has been a dominant player in the state with eight Colorado Golf Association titles but he is now 63 years old. He feels grateful to be making his 11th overall appearance in a USGA tournament.
“For me at 63, it is kind of a great gift to play with really good players and be in the mix of the event and the dinner,” said Moore. “It will be great fun. Making the cut is a long shot but I will give it my best shot.”
He made enough shots to qualify on Aug. 19.
“I kept the ball in play and didn’t miss any short putts, which is always good for an older guy like me,” said Moore.
Call, the 41-year-old former University of Colorado golfer who regained his amateur status after nine years as a professional, was under pressure from himself to qualify for the Mid-Am, which will be played at the Colorado Golf Club where he is a member.
“For me, I put a lot of pressure on myself because I really wanted to qualify for this event at my home club,” he said. “I probably put too much pressure on myself because I hit some squirrely shots but at the end of the day it worked out.
“You have to grind and just stick to it. It’s grinding out pars, and if you hit a bad shot just shake it off and keep banging away. I didn’t think 70 would be enough — turned out it was. Now you have to get it around for 36 holes (at the Mid-Am) and get into match play. That’s the key.”
The qualifying tourney at Inverness was the second local event. Earlier at the Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield, Nick Nosewicz of Aurora, Charlie Sahlman of Denver, Michael Harrington of Colorado Springs and Charlie Santaularia of Lakewood qualified for the national tournament.
Each week, several performances of south metro-area athletes and teams will be highlighted. This week’s performances were selected from games, matches and meets from the start of the season through Aug. 22
• Arapahoe junior Katie Maney hit two home runs in three at-bats, scored three times and drove in five runs to support the one-hit pitching of her stepsister Kayleigh Krueger in a 12-0 softball win over Northglenn on Aug. 16.
• Senior Sara Larson helped Chaparral win its first three games of the softball season with two pitching victories and going 6-for-12 at the plate.
• Valor Christian’s softball team trailed Discovery Canyon 2-1 in a game on Aug. 19 but scored 12 runs in top of the sixth inning to post a 13-2 softball victory.
• Bo Wardynski of Regis Jesuit birdied two of the final four holes to card a 1-under-par 69 on Aug 21 and take medalist honors in the Continental League boys golf meet at Meadow Hills Golf Course.
• Douglas County’s boys soccer team played nine overtime games the past two seasons and the Huskies opened the 2019 campaign with a 3-2 overtime loss to Grandview on Aug. 22. The Huskies are now 3-7 in OT matches in a 31-game span.
• Will Kates of Arapahoe had two eagles en route to a 2-under-par 70 on Aug. 21 at a Centennial League boys golf tournament at South Suburban Golf Course.
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