Glenwood’s Braklow ready for state stage
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado – Michael Braklow dedicated himself to the game of golf with one aim in mind: making the state tournament.
By carding a 78 at the Sept. 22 Western Regional in Steamboat Springs, the Glenwood Springs High School senior punched his state ticket for the first time.
In the days leading up the Monday-Tuesday Class 4A boys golf state tournament, Braklow’s been working just as hard as he did in the summer, when lessons and tournaments were a big part of his life.
“I’ve just been playing every night,” Braklow relayed. “I’m chipping every night, putting.”
He hopes the extra work on his short game pays off.
“Yeah, that’s where I identified some problems,” Braklow said. “It’s helped my putting immensely.”
Braklow is already over on the Front Range for the state tournament, which will be held at Highlands Ranch Golf Club.
He’s hoping to have a couple rounds in by the time Monday rolls around. He’d never played the course before Saturday.
And he wants his first trip to state to be a good one.
“I’d like to be in the low 70s,” he said. “I have to be there both days. I know I can do it. I just have to buckle down and get it.”
Given how much time he’s poured into the game, Braklow has good reason to take his state appearance seriously.
Roughly seven years ago, Braklow’s grandfather introduced him to the sport. He played his first round at Ranch at Roaring Fork and hasn’t stopped playing since.
“I played with [my grandpa] the first four times. Then I started going out with a couple of friends,” Braklow said.
By the time his freshman year of high school came around, Braklow realized golf was his game.
And now, many lessons and tournaments later, he’s exactly where he wants to be.
“It’s been a lot of dedicated hours,” Braklow said. “It’s been really hard, but it’s all been worth it.”
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