Boys State High School Roundup

Improving 14 strokes from regional meet, Fossil Ridge’s Austin Barry takes 5A state high school lead with 64; Denver North’s Sawyer Klein (69) ahead in 4A, Clint Summers of Resurrection Christian (69) in 3A

By Gary Baines – 10/3/2022

Sophomore Austin Barry of Fossil Ridge shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 to grab a four-stroke lead in the 5A state high school meet at City Park Golf Course in Denver.

On Sept. 22, Barry finished 20th in the 5A Southern Regional state qualifier, posting a 78 at South Suburban Golf Course, but was 14 strokes lower on Monday. He’s four shots up on second-place Charlie Tucker of Rock Canyon going into Tuesday’s final round.

Senior Wes Erling of Pine Creek, the state runner-up in a playoff last year, shares third place at 69 with freshman Landon Houska of Fossil Ridge and Monarch senior Caleb Michaels.

Not surprisingly, with three players shooting 71 or better, Fossil Ridge leads the team race, posting a stellar 6-under total for a seven-stroke advantage over Rock Canyon.

In the Class 4A tournament at Pelican Lakes in Windsor, senior Sawyer Klein of Denver North heads a packed leaderboard with a 3-under-par 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys. He played his final 15 holes in 5 under.

Senior Reese Knox of Falcon, the 4A runner-up last year, and sophomore Kellen Ball of host Windsor share second place at 70.

Riverdale Ridge, the defending team champion, leads the team race at 1 over par, two better than Cheyenne Mountain.

In Class 3A at Pinehurst Country Club in south Denver, another close individual competition took shape, with freshman Clint Summers of Resurrection Christian posting the only sub-par round of the day, a 1-under 69.

Senior Thayer Plewe of Montezuma Cortez, who’s finished second in 3A each of the past two years, sits a stroke back of Summers, who carded two birdies and one bogey on the day. 

Vail Mountain, which placed third last year at state, posted an 11-over-par total and holds a two-stroke lead over Resurrection Christian in the team standings, with host Colorado Academy six out of the lead. 

Team and Individual Leaders at State HS Tournaments



Fossil Ridge 204

Rock Canyon 211

Cherry Creek 217

Pine Creek 217

Arapahoe 219


Austin Barry, Fossil Ridge 64

Charlie Tucker, Rock Canyon 68

Wes Erling, Pine Creek 69

Landon Houska, Rossil Ridge 69

Caleb Michaels, Mpnarch 69

Ian Hunn, Fort Collins 70

Spencer Schlegel, Legend 70

Luke Blankinship, Boulder 70

Brayden Scheich, Mountain Vista 70

Gavin Crowley, Heritage 70



Riverdale Ridge 217

Cheyenne Mountain 219

Windsor 223

Silver Creek 228

Falcon 229


Sawyer, Klein, Denver North 69

Kellen Ball, Windsor 70

Reese Knox, Falcon 70

Ben Harding, Silver Creek 71

Bradley Weinmaster, Riverdale Ridge 71

Thomas Herholtz, Cheyenne Mountain 71

Tyler Long, Evergreen 72

Zane Aiken, Ponderosa 72

Kale Parthen, Cheyenne Mountain 73

Will Balliet, Riverdale Ridge 73

Aiden Sweeney, Riverdale Ridge 73



Vail Mountain 221

Resurrection Christian 223

Colorado Academy 227

Peak to Peak 230

Aspen 231


Clint Summers, Resurrection Christian 69

Thayer Plewe, Montezuma Cortez 70

Rudiger Heitz, Holy Family 71

Ryan Woodley, Liberty Common 71

Carson Miller, Aspen 72

Garrett Exelbert, Basalt 72

Stewie Bruce, Vail Mountain 73

TJ Giordano, Colorado Academy 73

Taj Kumar, D’Evelyn 73

Felix Gruner, Vail Mountain 73