GOLF PLAYOFFS: Rincon’s playoff hopes are alive


Cooper Bradford is hoping for a spot in the state playoffs (Andy Morales/

Cooper Bradford is hoping for a spot in the state playoffs (Andy Morales/


Cooper Bradford calmly approached what he thought would be his last official putt in high school. The Rincon/University senior knew his team needed to score a 157 to take over the last at-large playoff spot but he had no idea everything depended on how he finished.

“If I had known I probably would have taken a hour on the hole,” Bradford thought. “I’m glad I didn’t know.”

He sank the 2-footer and his team erupted. They all knew what the shot meant.

Bradford has never played in a state tournament but his 38 against Canyon del Oro and Salpointe at Randolph North may just be the ticket. Rincon is now one of the 10 at-large teams in the Division I state tournament but barely….


CDO's Trevor Gregoire shot a 36.

CDO’s Trevor Gregoire shot a 36.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at



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