Rifle golfers swing to silver at regionals
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
It’s not every day you drop an eagle at a tournament. And it’s certainly not every day that eagle helps your team win a regional title in a playoff.
Montezuma-Cortez’s Jakob Rudosky did just that on Tuesday, knocking in a long shot on the 18th hole at Conquistador Golf Course that helped his Panthers knock off Rifle in a playoff for the 4A Western Regional boys golf team title.
While the defeat stung a bit for Bears head coach Jordan Smith, the program’s second-year frontman can take solace in his team’s second consecutive silver finish at regionals.
And then there’s the three individual state qualifiers.
Senior Triston Quigley shot a 73 to nab third place in the individual standings. Junior Ty Caron shot a 74 to take fifth and senior Danny Bartels shot a 79 and then gutted his way through a three-man playoff to claim the region’s final state meet berth.
All three will represent Rifle at the Oct. 1-2 state tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the guys,” Smith said by phone on Tuesday evening. “We’re excited to make it to state again. It’s great to qualify three so we can compete as a team down there. Back-to-back state [trips] is a big accomplishment, especially moving up to 4A this year.”
Junior Teig Hauer also competed in Cortez for the Bears, who were at the 3A level last year. He shot a 90.
Coal Ridge coach Jemiah Fowler told his golfers that if they shot in the 80s, they’d give themselves a chance to qualify for state.
Three of his players did just that. Unfortunately for the Titans, the top of the field at Tuesday’s 3A Western Regional was just a little too strong and those three fell short of a berth at the Oct. 1-2 state tournament at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver.
Junior Cole Duplesys shot an 83 to lead Coal Ridge. Freshman Riley Tamborello and junior Tyler Scott both carded 87s and sophomore Michael Moser finished with a 93 at Conquistador.
“Unfortunately, the cut was way lower than it has been the last few years,” Fowler said by phone on Tuesday. “But they played well. They had a good day.”
The state cut was at 82.
Duplesys is first alternate for state from the Western Regional. If one of the qualifiers, for whatever reason, can’t make the trip to state, he’d move into their spot.
Basalt’s Tristan Rohrbaugh (80) and Dylan Rakowski (78) both qualified for the state tournament.
Aspen won the team title, placing just two strokes ahead of second-place Vail Christian.
As a team, the Titans finished sixth.
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