Lance Peters wrapped up his high school golf career on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison, Colorado, at the Boys Varsity 3A State Golf Tournament. Peters finished in ninth place as he shot final round scores of 76 and 75 over the two-day event that kicked off on Monday, Oct. 5.
“Until last season, Peters golfed for Trinidad High School. Primero High School did not field a team for many years, forcing golfers like Peters to participate in the sport they love for a school they do not attend,” said Primero Principal Blake Byall. “A change in CHSAA regulations last summer allowed Primero to sponsor golf as a competitive sport, even when the entire team consisted of one player.”
Peters was supported at state competition by multiple family members who came from as far away as California to encourage him — cheering on every drive, chip and putt, in addition to Primero golf coach Gerald Duran and Byall.
“I was very impressed by all the talent assembled here, and absolutely thrilled by the composure shown by Lance as he battled the course, other competitions, but mainly himself, in attempting to bring honor and prestige to his school,” said Byall.
To place in the top ten, Peters had to overcome a difficult first day of the competition. “Lance had a horrible start to the tournament. He went six over on the front nine on day one. It was a disaster for him,” said Lance’s father, Tim Peters. “Winning the tournament was no longer an option. But Lance kept his composure and shot one under on the back to finish in 13th place on day one.”
“On day two, our goal was to get into the top 10. He was even par at hole nine when he lost a ball; he took a triple bogey. At that time, he could have folded, got mad, had a hissy fit like most 17-year-olds would, but he didn’t. He showed great composure and maturity and finished the back nine one over par. He jumped from 13th to ninth place, over some really good players on a tough day.”
“We, all of his family, friends, and coach, were so proud of him,” Tim Peters said. “It was a great performance to finish out his high school career.”
Placing so well in the tournament was impressive for Peters, given that he was competing against players from much larger 2A and 3A schools. “Lance played very well on a course that took the driver out of his hands,” said Primero golf coach Gerald Duran. “Except for one hole that gave him difficulty, he showed how a senior should play. It was an honor coaching him, and I enjoyed every minute. Lance has a great future in golf to look forward to.”
“After all was said and done, I am proud of myself for how I performed,” said Peters. “It was a good year and a great end to my high school career. I want to say a special thanks to everyone who helped me attain my goals, and everyone who has supported me through the years.”
To continue participating in golf, Primero High School and Coach Duran are going to need to engage in a cultivation process to inspire interest in the game and love for the pursuit of the sport. Without new blood taking on this challenge, it may again be a long while before the orange and black of Primero are spotted on the golf courses around the state.
“Future golfers, however, only have to look as far as Lance Peters for inspiration and the motivation to excel. Thanks, Lance, for carrying the Primero banner this year and starting a new tradition at the school,” said Byall.