Prep golfers get in the swing of things

Highlands Ranch player takes medalist honors in tourney

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/23/22

Aiden Krusoe is a confident high school golfer these days. Krusoe is a senior at Highlands Ranch and took medalist honors with a 1-under-par 70 in the Continental League’s second tournament on Aug. …

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Prep golfers get in the swing of things

Highlands Ranch player takes medalist honors in tourney

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Aiden Krusoe is a confident high school golfer these days.

Krusoe is a senior at Highlands Ranch and took medalist honors with a 1-under-par 70 in the Continental League’s second tournament on Aug. 9 at King’s Deer Golf Club in Monument.

Spencer Schlagel of Legend and Charlie Tucker of Rock Canyon tied for second with even par rounds of 71. Kruose birdied the 539-yard, par 5 tenth hole to give him the 1-under-par score.

Krusoe was the low scorer for the second straight year at the Denver Public Schools Invite, which was held Aug. 8 at Wellshire, with a 2-under par 69, and Highlands Ranch won its second consecutive team title.

At the third Centennial League meet on Aug. 17 at Meadow Hills golf course, Krusoe fired an even par 70 and finished behind co-medalists Connor Scheich of Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit’s Jake Irvine, who both carded 1-under-par 69s. Highlands Ranch won the tourney with Regis the runner-up.

“Right now I’m playing good,” said Krusoe. “I feel my putting is the best it’s ever felt. My swing feels good. I’m just playing confident.”

Highlands Ranch head boys golf coach Jon Cushing has similar feelings.

“He’s been a good player ever since he was a freshman,” added Cushing. “He’s made it to three state tournaments and he’s a leader on the team. He’s put in the work.”

Cushing says Krusoe is long hitter like most high school boys golfers but points out he is different because he follows up his drives with a complete all-around game.

Krusoe is also a basketball player for Highlands Ranch, but this season golf has reached the point that he can’t wait to tee it up for the next round.

“I’m just having fun,” he said. “In the past I put a lot more pressure on myself. Right now I’m just enjoying it and enjoying my senior season, having a fun time and the scores will follow. I just take it one shot at a time and simplify the game.

“I’ve just focused on the mental side more than the swing because I know I have swing and can do anything that anybody else can do. I just see myself doing a lot of good things on the course and just try to go out and do it and try to keep a positive attitude. I just try to go hit one good shot and follow it up with the next. I try not to think too far ahead.”

However, he is thinking about college.

“I’d love to go to Michigan State,” Krusoe said. “I’ve already turned in my application. That’s my dream school. I just want to be a student and have fun.

“My grandpa played basketball there and my dad’s side of the family just loves that school. I grew up watching all their football and basketball games. I’m going back during fall break to watch the Michigan State-Wisconsin football game.”

Highlands Ranch finished third in last season’s 5A state tournament.

Arapahoe, led by seniors Grant Juergens and Max Zadvorny, is back as the defending state champions. The Warriors were the state runners-up in 2020 and 2019.

Other South Metro teams to watch this season include Valor Christian, Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek.

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