BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado - Troy Dangler couldn't have asked for a better high school debut.
The Fruita Monument freshman's 1-under-par 71 not only netted him individual medalist honors at Thursday's season-opening tournament at Battlement Mesa Golf Club, but the score also helped his Wildcats to the team title.
While he's new to high school golf, Dangler is no neophyte on the course.
"I've played ever since I was old enough to grab a club," he relayed. "When I was 7, I really took up the game and just last year I started playing more tournament golf and really got into it."
And he's no solo act with the Wildcats, who boast major depth.
Dangler's teammate, Hunter Emerson, placed second with an even-par 72. Palisade's Kyler Smith matched Emerson's score but wound up third on a scorecard playoff.
Triston Quigley placed highest among Rifle's golfers. The senior's 75 placed him in a tie for sixth.
The highlight of Quigley's day: an eagle on par-5 No. 11. He putted in from an estimated 10 to 15 yards out.
"I'm happy with how I did," Quigley said. "I was five over with three holes left. I finished with eagle, birdie, bogey, so it was a good finish."
Finishing outside the top 10 for the Bears were Danny Bartels (79), Ty Caron (85), Cody Capwell (89) and Wyatt Carter (89).
As a team, Rifle placed fourth.
Tyler Scott paced Coal Ridge with an 87. Cassidy Lawrence also came in under 100 with a 97.
Next up for the majority of the 15-team field at Battlement Mesa is a Monday trip to Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.