Summit golfer takes top honors at Lakota |

Summit golfer takes top honors at Lakota

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – A new swing coach and a growth spurt have done wonders for Dylan Mitchell’s golf game.

The Summit High School student, who’s grown from a 5-foot-4 sophomore into a 6-foot junior, shot a 3-under-par 69 to win Friday’s Coal Ridge High-hosted boys golf tournament at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club.

With a little coaching, Mitchell has elevated his game to a new level of late.

“I went to a new swing coach,” he relayed. “He changed a lot of my swing and changed my grip. He’s helped me mentally, too. I used to get really upset. Now, I’m more easy-going and positive.”

The sudden growth spurt has helped, too. After a brief adjustment period, anyway.

“It’s made me stronger,” Mitchell said. “It was interesting at the time. I didn’t really know what to do. I just had to work through it with a lot of repetition. There was about a month where I couldn’t break 80. … I went to talk to my coach and he told me to make everything a little tighter. Slowly, the scores dropped down into the 60s and 70s.”

Mitchell certainly seemed well adjusted to his new frame on Friday, turning in a 4-under-par 32 on the front nine.

“I putted really well,” he said. “I made a ton of putts on the front. … I had four birdies, an eagle and a double.”

That eagle fell on the par-4 eighth hole. A 15-foot putt sealed it.

“That was the best nine-hole score I’ve ever had,” Mitchell said. “It was cool. Everything was clicking.”

Vail Christian freshman Cooper Gould nearly matched Mitchell’s effort, turning in a 2-under-par 70 at Lakota to finish second.

“I was just trying to play it straight and make a few putts,” Gould said. “My course management was pretty good. I was keeping it relatively straight on the fairway.”

Basalt’s Dylan Rakowski placed third with a 73.

Different course. Same score.

A day after carding a 74 at Battlement Mesa Golf Club, Rifle’s Triston Quigley shot the same score at Lakota on Friday. He finished in a three-way tie for fourth place with Aspen’s Coulter Young and August So.

Quigley was one of three Bears to shoot sub-80 scores. Jacob Withee and Ty Caron shot matching 78s as Rifle finished in a tie with Aspen for second in the team standings. Vail Christian finished first with a 226, four strokes ahead of the Bears and Skiers.

“I’m really excited for our guys,” Rifle coach Jordan Smith said. “They worked really hard this summer. Being a first-year coach, it’s really helped having the program kind of established.”

Though their rounds didn’t figure into the team scores, Danny Bartels and Teig Hauer weren’t far behind their fellow Bears. Both shot 83s.

Cole DuPlesys paced host Coal Ridge on Friday, carding an 82.

A triple bogey on the fourth hole kept the sophomore from a better day.

“It’s been giving me problems all week,” DuPlesys said.

Teammate Tyler Scott finished a stroke behind DuPlesys.

Doug Mikesell turned in an 80 to lead Grand Valley at Friday’s tournament.

Teammate Wesley Wood shot a 90.

Basalt, which also features players from Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork, placed fifth in the team standings at Lakota.

Glenwood students Peter Steckler and Kyle Winkler shot an 87 and 91, respectively.

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