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Hitting his stride: Windsor junior excels on the golf course

Baker Geist
gtsports@greeleytribune.com

Golf may be a quiet sport, but Windsor junior Cole Krantz is making a lot of noise on the links this season.

Coming off an impressive 2014 season, in which Windsor placed fourth as a team at the 4A state meet, the junior has continued his strong play in 2015. After opening the 2015 campaign by carding a 64, he also has placed first in four tournaments.

Such strong performances have not only strengthened Windsor's team as a whole heading into Tuesday's 4A regionals, but they also have earned Krantz the attention of college recruiters.

It's not as though Krantz's journey to success has been easy.

He has worked at improving his craft along the way through determination, focus, and the help of others.

"He and I started (golfing) when we were young," Cole's older brother, Brett said. "I started when I was nine, and he started when he was seven."

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Brett, who graduated a couple years ago, also golfed at Windsor. Two years older than Cole, the duo was on the same team for two years.

Now a member of the golf team at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Brett said the temptation to play other sports was there when pursuing golf success. Cole flirted with playing football, but some bad tournament play entering his freshman year ultimately turned his focus solely to the golf course.

"Cole was a banger at football and really fun to watch and he loved it but he realized that (golf) was something he couldn't get away from," Brett said. "He played it his whole life and he couldn't stand not getting better. He knew that if he played football and all these other sports, he wasn't going to get better."

Krantz has managed to improve.

The notoriety that comes with improvement often leads to added pressure, which can sometimes affect a golfer's game. Windsor coach Doug Hammond says he simply tries to put things into perspective for his players.

"Really what I try to do is get the kids to just enjoy playing the game and not take things too seriously," he said.

In Krantz' case, with college recruiters taking notice of his strong play, Hammond has tried to instill the realization that the fate of a scholarship doesn't rest on every round of golf.

"There were times where Cole would get frustrated after a bad round and I'd have to remind him that one bad round doesn't change the mind of recruiters."

Krantz has taken to Hammond's positive attitude and thinks it has improved his game this season.

"I love Doug (Hammond)," Krantz said. "Doug's really helped with everybody. If you have a bad swing or a bad day he always tries to look at the brighter things. … I'm my own worst critic and Doug really helps me look on the bright side of what I've accomplished all year."

While Krantz is enjoying a good year, the rest of the team seems to be finding its stride, as well. Despite moments of inconsistencies throughout the year, Hammond has been pleasantly surprised at his team's perseverance and improvement, praising the Wizards for their strong performance at tournaments earlier in the year.

"We've had some kids who really shot well," he said. "Sutton Hermann has really shot well. Even our little freshman Mitchell Rasmuson has shot well."

Krantz agrees with his coach. Modestly shying away from accolades, he believes his team is strong and is peaking at the right time heading into regionals. He knows that each player will have to bring his best for the team to advance to state.

"I believe our team is getting better overall," he said. "We have a couple kids who are starting to really come along. Sutton Hermann is starting to really play well, Chandler Shulz is starting to play well, Sam Sterns is playing well and Mitch Rasmuson is playing well.

"Everyone is going to have to play well, myself included, for us to get a team to state. Regionals this year is going to be a little tougher than in years past. There's a few teams from both conferences coming to our regional that are pretty good."

With his senior year still ahead of him, it's not certain what the future holds for Krantz. Whatever lies in store, he hopes to look back on his high school golf career the same way his older brother Brett does — with fond memories of playing golf with his brother.

"It was the funnest time of my life," Brett said. "Golf created a lot of free time for us. We hung out a lot during our free time. That is something I wouldn't trade for the world."

Cole Krantz file

Name: Cole Krantz

Year: Junior

Sport: Golf

Favorite Music: Anything, a mix of different stuff

Career Goals: Go to college, major in business

Favorite Golfers: Rory Mcllroy, and Jordan Spieth to name a few.

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Windsor Boys Golf At A Glance

Total Scoring Averages through 09/16/15:

Cole Krantz: 70.4

Mitchell Rasmuson: 90.1

Chandler Schulz: 89.5

Sutton Hermann: 84

Sam Sterns: 94.2

Source: Windsor coach Doug Hammond

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