South Metro Boys Golfers of the Year: Dunkle and Lee

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Kyler Dunkle and Hunter Lee had fun playing golf this season.

Dunkle, a senior from Douglas County, and Lee, a senior at Heritage, were selected as co-Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Golfers of the Year.

“I was pretty happy with the season,” said Dunkle. “I didn't put up many real low scores but I was pretty consistent.

“I really didn't have any high scores which helped my scoring average. I was pretty happy with the overall outcome of the season.”

Dunkle, the 2012 state champion, compiled an average score of 70.8 and wound up tied for 14th during the state tournament at Murphy Creek with rounds of 73 and 76 for a five-over-par 149.

“You always want to perform better than you did, but I was real happy with how I did,” said Dunkle. “Consistency is good, and once you find consistency, it's more of trying to consistently hit lower scores.”

Lee was consistent with an average score of 73 in his rounds this season. He came home tied for 10th place in the state tournament at 148 after carding scores of 75 and 73.

“Overall I was fairly pleased because I had fun this season,” said Lee. “It was the most fun I've had in my high school golf career. The season was definitely more fun, but I had higher expectations for my state performance, because you are always trying to win.

“I thought I could have done better at state. I didn't think I brought my best game, but I'm still proud of putting my best forward, even though I wasn't playing the best.”

Lee said having fun helped his game.

“That was really the key part,” he said. “I had always been talented enough to shoot low, but sometimes I had been in my own way.

“I just embraced it more. I didn't stress out as much about juggling school and golf. I kind of balanced it better. I was a lot more grateful this year and I had a newfound appreciation for having the privilege to play. That made it fun. I wasn't really worried about my scores. My goal this year was to have fun.”