Rifle leads way for area boys golfers | PostIndependent.com

Rifle leads way for area boys golfers

Jon Mitchell
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Rifle High School boys golf coach Jordan Smith, right, surveys the seventh tee at Battlement Mesa Golf Course with Teig Hauer in the Bears' season-opening tournament on Aug. 8. Rifle is looking for a return appearance in the 4A state tournament this year.
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Rifle High School’s boys golf team has made a habit of setting its standards high. The 2012 season will be no different.

“We always kind of set a goal to make it to state as a team,” third-year Rifle coach Jordan Smith said. “I think we can definitely get four guys to qualify.”

That hasn’t been a problem for Rifle for the past two seasons, as the Bears have made it to the Class 4A — and, mind you, the Class 3A — state tournaments in the past two years. And Smith’s group this season has already shown it can compete with some of the best on the Western Slope after winning the Aug. 15 Rifle Invitational for the second year in a row. The Bears also finished second in the team standings of an Aug. 12 18-team tournament at Lakota Canyon Golf Club.

Coal Ridge, under fifth-year coach Jemiah Fowler, also has plenty to look forward to. The Titans had some stellar scores during a four-tournament stretch in four days this past week, including some top-10 individual finishes.

Also making some strides during that four-tournament stretch was Grand Valley. Although the Cardinals only played in three of those tournaments, some of their players showed improvements during each one of them.

Following are summaries for each of western Garfield County’s boys golf teams, each of which continue their seasons during scheduled tournaments next week.

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