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Rifle junior golfers Kyler and Jacob Smith played in the Four Corners Junior Championship at the Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez in late July.

Kyler was first in the boys 16-18 division with a two-day total of 149. Jacob was first for boys 13-and-under with a two-day total of 170.

Kyler also played as one of the final four in the Aces Golf Tour Championship held at the Redlands Mesa Golf Club in Grand Junction. Kyler won the championship with 20 points by the Stableford method of scoring or a 2-under-par 70.



Four local teams competed at the past weekend’s United States Tennis Association (USTA) Adult District Championship over on the Front Range.

A team representing River Valley Ranch playing at a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) level of 4.0 managed a second-place overall finish.



A 3.0 team from Glenwood Springs placed second in its flight, as did a 2.5 squad from Basalt. A 3.5 team from Glenwood Springs finished third in its flight.

Anyone interested in playing league tennis in the Roaring Fork Valley should contact Shelley Freeman at sladvent@rof.net.

Rifle’s CJ Vondette is on a roll and hard on the rodeo trail.

The end of June, the Fourth of July holiday, and most of the rest of the month are known throughout the rodeo world as “Cowboy Christmas.”

Vondette got in her share of gifts from the cowboy holiday season.

Steamboat Springs hosts a weekly Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.

The July 27-28 champion was Vondette – aboard her American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horse of the Year, Cache A Mount – with a time of 17.72 seconds, and a paycheck of $782.

On July 20-21, Vondette earned a check for a fourth-place finish with a time of 17.91, also in Steamboat.

To finish out the month of June, on June 22-23, Vondette placed eighth in Steamboat Springs with her run of 18.24.

In Rock Springs, Wyo., on July 26-28, she finished second in the Red Desert Classic PRCA barrel race with a 17.42 for a $1,245 paycheck.

July 12 saw Vondette back on the Western Slope of Colorado, collecting a paycheck for 10th place in Gunnison’s Cattlemen’s Days PRCA barrel race.

Estes Park’s Rooftop PRCA Rodeo also treated her to a check, July 10-15, once again ranking her among the top 10 competitors.

The annual Roundup Rodeo in Lehi, Utah, saw Vondette take a victory lap for the fastest run of the performance. Competing before a standing room-only crowd, she grabbed a $592 paycheck for a sixth place finish overall.

The Colorado Pro Rodeo Association gave Vondette its share of money as well, with the 21-year-old picking up a check for fourth place in Westcliffe on July 1.

All told, Vondette competed in the seven rodeos above as well as the PRCA events at the Greeley Independence Stampede, the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, Utah, Evergreen, Grover, Elizabeth and Eagle for a total of 14 rodeos in about three weeks.

The Colorado and Wyoming paychecks will move her up in the Mountain States PRCA circuit standings.

She is currently among the top 20 rookie barrel racers in the world and the top 200 in the PRCA standings worldwide.


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