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Krantz looks ahead and reflects on ‘surreal’ four-year experience on golf course for Wizards

Bobby Fernandez
bfernandez@greeleytribune.com

On the golf course, Cole Krantz's mind resembles a looking glass.

He can see what lies in front of him with precise clarity.

He reads the course like a book, and like a well-schooled chess player, he plans his attack two or three shots in advance.

So with his decorated high school golf career now officially behind him, it should come as no surprise that Krantz has planned and solidified his future with just as much thought.

Still, this past week, he afforded himself a break from looking ahead at his promising future to reflect back on his satisfying last four seasons playing at the high school level.

Krantz, a 17-year-old Windsor senior, wrapped up his high school career with a third-place finish in the Class 4A Boys Golf Championships on Tuesday at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale.

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It was his second third-place finish at a state tournament to end his high school career. Krantz was in contention to be the individual medalist until the very end Tuesday, and he actually was tied with the eventual winner — Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo — entering the final nine holes.

"I'm very happy with the way I played; I played really well," said Krantz, who shot a two-day total of 141 (70-71). "Obviously, I'm disappointed with the way I finished. The back 9, the last day, I shot 2-over-par. In the end, obviously the overall goal was to win the golf tournament. But, just looking back at my whole high school career, reflecting on everything, I'm happy with how much I've grown as a person and a player."

Krantz recalls he was a tad bit apprehensive trying out for the varsity team as a freshman three years ago.

That may have been the last time he showed even the slightest hint of being intimidated by any situation on the golf course.

Krantz is bound for the University of Colorado, opting to become a Buff after also considering Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas and Colorado State.

Doug Hammond has coached Windsor for the past eight years. He's coached his fair share of standouts, but never one quite like Krantz, Hammond said.

"It's impressive to watch him," Hammond said. "The way he prepared for (the state meet): on every sheet, he wrote down the way the greens break, the way they are. He studied it. He's only going to grow from where he's at."

Krantz boasts a stroke average of 69, and his success on the course is certainly no accident.

Krantz grew up with golf. His family were members of the Fort Collins Country Club when Krantz was first introduced to the sport when he was barely old enough to walk, swinging clubs while his dad worked his way from tee box to tee box.

Krantz's older brother, Bretton, was a standout golfer at Windsor, as well, graduating in 2015.

By the time Cole entered high school, he knew he wanted to play in college.

Still, verbally committing to the Buffs in November, he said it is almost hard to fathom that what started as him simply embracing a family hobby years ago has manifested into a means for advancing his education and gaining further notoriety on the links.

"It's so surreal," Krantz said. "It's something you dream about, honestly, to even think you could have two chances (to win a state title) and be in the final group two years in a row and take top 3 two years in a row; then, ultimately next year, play Division I golf at a great school. … Looking back as a freshman, I never envisioned any of this happening."

Krantz will be able to officially sign with CU in November. He plans to study business finance while pursuing national championships on the golf course.

Krantz said one of the major luring points that drew him to CU was the opportunity to play in a Power 5 conference, the Pac-12.

The fact that Krantz would position himself to play the best competition possible in college comes as no surprise to Krantz's high school coach.

"He's not afraid to play against anybody," Hammond said. "He kind of has a little bit of that Michael Jordan mentality that, 'I don't think anyone is better than me.' He doesn't really say that, but he kind of has that. You can kind of see that from the years I've been around him.

"He believes in what he can do."

The Cole Krantz file

» Cole Krantz is a senior golfer at Windsor High School.

» This past Tuesday, he capped his performance with a two-day total of 141 (70-71) at the Class 4A Boys Golf Championships at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale. He placed third, the second third-place finish at state in as many years to wrap up his high school career.

» He has a stroke average of 69.

» He has verbally committed to the University of Colorado and will officially sign during the early signing period in November.