3A State Golf Tournament gets under way
ELIZABETH, Colorado – The boys’ 3A state golf championship begins today at the Spring Valley Golf Course in Elizabeth, and the Western Slope League will have four of its own athletes competing – Arick Zeigel and Micah Evonitz of Roaring Fork, Craig Spaulding (Coal Ridge) and Kaleb Bell (Grand Valley).After a practice round on Sunday, the 36-hole stroke play tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. Each of the 83 qualifiers will compete in the individual portion while the teams that qualified combine their top five individuals to post a team score.Players will tee off from the first and 10th tees this morning. Zeigel will tee off at 8:30 a.m. from hole 10 in a threesome with Josh Finney (Gunnison) and Franklin Chiu (Fountain Valley). Spaulding and Evonitz are paired together, joined by Jake Ferrari (La Veta) in a group that will also tee off from hole 10 at 9:42 a.m. Meanwhile Bell will take to the course at 9:24 a.m. joined by David Beaubien (Manitou Springs) and CJ Dorsey (Kent Denver) on the first tee.Grand Valley’s Bell enters the state tournament after a terrific season in which he was able to lower his handicap to 6.5. After suffering a leg injury at the beginning of the campaign, he battled through it, playing his first four tournaments in a walking boot before finally playing without it in the regionals. Bell broke his foot in late August just before the season started. He’s received doctor’s permission to use a pull cart during the tournament but hopes that he won’t have to. “His leg is getting better but it’s still bothering him some,” informed Grand Valley head coach Scott Carpenter. “I’m hoping the ability to use the pull cart will relieve stress on his leg and allow him to play the way he’s capable of. He can challenge for the title, he’s that good of a golfer. It’s just depends on whether he can overcome the challenge of his leg.”Roaring Fork sends two individual contenders to the state tournament – Zeigel, a junior, and Evonitz, a sophomore. Evonitz had the better year of the two, averaging a score of 85 through 11 tournaments to Zeigel’s 96. Evonitz’s top seven scoring average of 83 was third best in 3A WSL competition. The two Rams qualified with rounds of 95 and 85, respectively, in the regional.”I’m just hoping they can get over there and not be nervous,” Roaring Fork head coach Larry Williams said. “Both have worked extremely hard on their games this year, been great leaders. I’m really proud of both of them.”You know, golf’s a funny game and you just never know.”Tell me about it.
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