A battle at Battlement Mesa
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado – Triston Quigley’s short game has come a long way since the end of the 2010 boys golf season. Working with Kyle Daniell, Rifle Creek Golf Course’s head golf professional, the Rifle High School junior has polished his chipping and putting skills.
“We’d go to the chipping range, that kind of stuff,” he relayed. “We worked a lot on my short game. My putting definitely improved a lot.”
Quigley put those putting skills to use at Battlement Mesa Golf Club on Thursday, sinking a high-pressure putt to edge Aspen’s Jesse Beetham for second place in a Grand Valley High-hosted tournament.
Quigley and Beetham both carded 74s in regulation to set up a playoff for silver that lasted four holes.
Both Quigley and Beetham opened the playoff by bogeying the ninth hole. They followed with matching pars on No. 1. Then it was back to No. 9, where both turned in bogeys once again.
Quigley brought the day to a close on the par-4 No. 1, where he drained a 10-foot putt for par that put all the pressure on Beetham, who subsequently missed a 5-footer for par.
And so ended a thrilling season opener.
“It’s exhilarating,” Quigley said. “It would have been better if I took first, but second’s always good.”
Gunnison’s Nick Cavarra won tourney medalist honors with a 73.
Quigley’s effort helped the Bears to a tie for second place in the team standings. Teammate Danny Bartels chipped in with an 80 and Jacob Withee an 81 as Rifle posted a team score of 235, a total matched by Basalt.
Teig Hauer (85) and Ty Caron (88) also turned in rounds for the Bears, who play at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club today.
Doug Mikesell’s best score for all of the 2010 prep golf season was an 81. He kicked off 2011 by matching that mark.
“I’m happy,” the Grand Valley senior said. “Last year, my best score overall was an 81, so I tied it. … It was a B day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
That 81 led all Cardinals at Thursday’s home tournament. The team will head to Lakota today, where Mikesell will look to make it an “A day.”
The gregarious teenager recently posted a sub-80 score. He knows he can get back there.
“I just shot a 76,” he said. “That’s what I mean. Today’s a B day. Once you break into the 70s, it’s a little bit easier to shoot in the 70s. Today was not one of my better days.”
Tyler Scott had never reached the 70s. On Thursday, he blew right past the milestone.
The Coal Ridge sophomore turned in a round of 78, good for seventh place at Battlement Mesa.
As a freshman, Scott said he was a “mid- to high-80s” golfer. Tons of time on the course and a summer camp in Denver have helped boost Scott’s game.
“I’ve done a lot of practicing,” he said. “I’ve been out on the range. I went to a golf camp about a month ago that helped a lot, but it’s mostly practicing and getting out here as much as I can and getting better.”
The Titans sent just two golfers to Battlement Mesa – Scott and Cole DuPlesys. Duplesys shot a 92.
Coal Ridge is the host school for today’s 8 a.m. tourney at Lakota.
Glenwood Springs High School students Peter Steckler and Kyle Winkler shot an 81 and 88, respectively, to help Basalt to second on Thursday.
Steckler and Winkler play for the Longhorns after Glenwood opted to cut its boys golf program as part of a Roaring Fork School District Re-1 budget reduction plan.
Basalt’s team features players from both Roaring Fork and Glenwood.
“We have some pretty good players,” said Steckler, a sophomore, “but I’d love to be playing for Glenwood.”
Tristan Rohrbaugh shot a fourth-place score of 75 to pace the Longhorns. Dylan Rakowski carded a 10th-place 79.
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