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A gentleman’s game

GRAND JUNCTION ” Bob Davis was amazed at the sportsmanship.

Dave Fox was just flat-out proud.

And everyone was reminded why golf is called a gentleman’s game.

Davis got his first taste of hosting a golf tournament in Colorado on Tuesday. The first-year Central coach just moved to the Western Slope from Southern California in July and was running the Warrior Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

“In Southern California, nobody says thank you,” Davis said. “A lot of players came up and thanked me for hosting.

“Heck, even just taking them on the cart from the green to the next tee, they all said ‘Thank you.’

“The way the families raise their young men here in Colorado, they should be commended for it.”

And that was before he saw how the tournament ended.

Fruita’s Chace Nathe, Steamboat’s Paul Berry and Basalt’s Jim Knous all tied for individual medalist honors with matching even-par 72s.

The three went back to No. 18 for a playoff. Knous bogeyed and was out while Nathe and Berry both parred to stay alive.

Back to 18 tee. Nathe had a chance to win it this time, but his birdie putt lipped out.

But Nathe couldn’t go back and play another playoff hole. He was due at Canyon View Church to be a pallbearer in the funeral for his close friend and classmate.

Someone suggested they flip a coin to decide the winner.

Berry wouldn’t have it. He said give the medal to Nathe.

“What a wonderful sportsmanship effort,” Davis said.

Fox, the Fruita Monument coach, agreed.

“What a great, great show of sportsmanship on both the player and the coach’s part,” he said. “That’s kind of what we do this for. It was, I thought, a great moment.”

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