A.J. Joiner tied in fourth place after day two of state tourney | PostIndependent.com

A.J. Joiner tied in fourth place after day two of state tourney

Overcast and threatening weather turned out to be a bad omen for Roaring Fork’s A.J. Joiner.

Taking a three-shot lead into the second day of the 36-hole, Class 4A state golf tournament at Wellshire Golf Course in Denver, the Rams senior had a difficult day.

Joiner entered the clubhouse with a round of 78, an 11-shot difference from Monday’s score of 67, played under summer-like conditions of clear skies and 85 degrees.

His final score of 145 put Joiner in a tie for fourth place with Brandon Hysted of Colorado Springs Christian. It was the highest finish by an area prep boys golfer since Luke Antonelli finished third in 2001.

Nick Umholtz of Greeley Central won the 4A individual championship by defeating co-runners Teddy Karlinski of Aspen and Paul Berry from Steamboat Springs on the sixth playoff hole after finishing with identical scores of 142.

Basalt, one of two Western Slope schools to earn a team berth to state, finished 11th in the team standings at 469, three shots up on 12th-place Steamboat.

Greeley Central also won the state team championship on a two-day total of 434, nine strokes ahead of runner-up Kent Denver.

Jim Knous had the highest individual finish for the Longhorns, tying for 19th place with four other golfers at 150. Connor Rakowski tied for 32nd. Nick Johnson finished 70th. Bryan Mason tied for 81st place.

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