Bears edge Fruita by a stroke at Black Canyon |

Bears edge Fruita by a stroke at Black Canyon

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Rifle boys golf coach Jordan Smith had a good feeling as he and his team pulled into the parking lot at Montrose’s Black Canyon Golf Club on Thursday.

Moments later, his players went to work validating that positive feeling.

With four players posting scores in the 70s, Smith’s Bears picked up a one-stroke win over Fruita Monument to nab the team title at their fourth tournament in as many days this week.

“We finally got one,” Smith said by phone on his way back from Montrose, where Rifle also finished fourth as a team at The Bridges on Wednesday. “It all kind of came together. I had a good feeling this morning when we rolled up the course.”

Triston Quigley’s 1-over-par 71 led the way for the Bears. He placed second individually behind Fruita Monument’s Troy Dangler (69).

Ty Caron finished with a 73, Danny Bartels a 75, Teig Hauer a 76 and Cody Capwell an 83 as Rifle posted a team score of 219. Team counts are comprised of a squad’s top three individual scores.

As he made his way around the course, Smith noticed a fair number of putts falling for his team. And it’s no surprise, given a common drill at practices is called the 100-putt drill.

“We putt 100 5-footers,” the Bears’ second-year coach relayed. “We do 25 from four sides, so they get that feel for trusting their lines.”

One key shot came from Bartels’ putter. The senior drained a 20-footer on 18 for birdie.

“That could have been the deciding factor,” Smith said.

Rifle will close out its week with yet another tournament today. This one is on its home turf – Rifle Creek Golf Course. The action gets under way with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Cole Duplesys shot an 82 to pace Coal Ridge at Black Canyon.

The Titans got an 85 from Tyler Scott, an 86 from Riley Tamborello, a 92 from Michael Moser and a 96 from Cassidy Lawrence.

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