Junior Tarek Salem of Highlands Ranch is looking forward to the 2019 fall boys golf season. Salem is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Golfer of the Year after completing an excellent …
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Junior Tarek Salem of Highlands Ranch is looking forward to the 2019 fall boys golf season.
Salem is the Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Golfer of the Year after completing an excellent 2018 season.
He was sixth in the 5A state tournament held on Oct. 2 at the Colorado Springs Country Club. He finished with a 6-over-par total of 148 for 36 holes after rounds of 73 and 75. He tied for second place in the Western regional qualifying tournament with a 1-over-par 73 at Redlands Mesa Golf Club in Grand Junction.
Salem was the Player of the Year in the Continental League and was the medalist during league tournaments at Meadow Hills and Lone Tree.
“I’m really excited for next year after this year,” said Salem “I really enjoyed the season. It went by quickly, which was too bad. I’m going to be practicing in the off season, getting ready. It’s 10 months away but practice is really what helps.
“I try to play every day but before I go play I allocate maybe an hour to chipping, 30 minutes of putting and 15 minutes of hitting balls. It seems like a simple game hitting a small ball into a hole but it’s a hard game.”
Simple or hard, golf requires repetition to develop into a top-flight player.
“Since the beginning of last summer I probably played golf or practiced every single day,” related Salem. “That had a drastic impact on my performance this season. I really tried to focus on my short game which was really beneficial because that’s where you save shots. You can get up to a par 5 in two but if you can’t get up and down. Also in the fall, I tried to play or practice every single day.”
Salem was the leader of a Falcons team that was seventh in the state tournament and shot seven shots better in the second round to finish at 465. The team was third at the regionals.
“I played well the whole high school season,” said Salem. “Highlands Ranch as a team, we did pretty well. We were second in the league and had a few tournament wins and I had a couple tournament wins myself. We all played well. It’s not just an individual sport, it’s a team sport.”
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