Roaring Fork struggles at its home golf invitational
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork High School’s Arick Zeigel would have liked to play a little better on what is more or less his home course. He does, after all, work at River Valley Ranch Golf Club, site of Monday’s Roaring Fork Invitational boys golf tourney.
But Zeigel fell into an early funk, bogeying his first three holes and having to play catch-up the rest of the day. When all was said and done, the senior’s scorecard added up to 89.
“I usually shoot a 79 here,” Zeigel said. “I came out expecting to play well, to shoot well. But I had those three bogeys in a row.”
He then went on to take a nine and eight on a pair of par-4 holes.
Once Zeigel realized his score was in line for something short of wonderful, he altered his approach by simply sharpening his mental focus.
“Coming back on the front nine, I focused on my swing, on going back through my swing thoughts,” he relayed. “It was tempo, really. And hand position. I was rushing my swing and not focusing on the fundamentals.”
And so Zeigel ended Monday on a stronger note, something he knew he needed to do with the Western Regional at Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker Golf Course coming up next Tuesday. There, he’ll be aiming for a second straight state appearance.
Zeigel has put in a lot of work, much of it at River Valley Ranch, to improve on the 94 he shot at regionals last fall.
The work has paid off. Zeigel’s average is down in the low 80s, which is a vast improvement over last season, when he typically shot in the 90s.
And he planned on spending little time away from the links after Monday’s tournament.
“I’ll probably be out at the range, maybe this afternoon if it’s not raining,” Zeigel said.
As for Zeigel’s team, the Rams finished seventh overall on Monday. Trenton Reeds’ 94 and Thomas Cerise’s 98 rounded out Roaring Fork’s team score of 281.
Basalt’s Marty Knous carded a 6-over-par 78 to lead the Longhorns to a top finish among 3A schools at River Valley Ranch.
Knous started the day with a 15-foot putt for birdie, but bogeys here and there the rest of the day had the senior calling his round only “decent” at day’s end.
Decent for Knous still yielded a fifth-place individual finish. Steamboat Springs’ Kaelen Gunderson nabbed medalist honors, beating out teammate Alan Capistron in a playoff. Both shot 75 in regulation.
Travis Franklin’s 87 and Luke Newbury’s 92 rounded out Basalt’s team score of 257, which landed the Longhorns a third-place overall finish.
Kevin Flohr carded an 80 to lead Glenwood Springs. He finished sixth overall.
Michael Braklow chipped in with an 81 and Taylor Mays a 91 as the Demons posted a third-place team score of 252.
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