Area golfers continue hot streak |

Area golfers continue hot streak

If the first two weeks are an indicator, the 2006 boys prep golf tour is going to be an extremely competitive year among area teams.

Rifle, along with two other Class 4A Western Slope schools, finished above traditional 5A powerhouses Durango, Fruita Monument and host Grand Junction in the team standings at Monday’s Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff County Club.

The Bears, fueled by top-10 individual efforts from Mike Sours, Shawn Cruse and Brandon Forney, took second place in the 18-team tournament on a combined round of 233.

A team score that’s good enough to win most events. But not this year.

Tournament winner Basalt never allowed Rifle to get within a sniff of the lead. The Longhorns’ team total of 224 was the second victory in as many events for Basalt this year.

Last week, at Battlement Mesa Golf Course, the Longhorns won the first tournament of the year by six strokes over Steamboat Springs. The Sailors finished third on Monday at 234.

Glenwood Springs took seventh place at 251, five back of sixth place Grand Junction and two shots up on Aspen and Grand Junction Central, who tied for eighth overall at 253.

Grand Valley, with a team score of 270, was 14th. Roaring Fork ended 17th at 292.

Basalt’s Jim Knous was the tournament’s individual medalist. He distanced himself by five shots over runner-up Tyler Coates from Durango by carding a 5-under mark of 66. Connor Rakowski, Knous’ Longhorns teammate came in fourth place at 74.

Sours had Rifle’s lowest score of the day at 77. The score earned the senior fifth overall. Cruse, Forney, along with Grand Valley sophomore Colton Cowan, finished with rounds of 78 to tie for sixth place.

Cody Nelson and D.J. Pelland had team-best scores of 81 and 83, respectively, for the Demons. Hayden Winkler led the Rams with an 84. Grand Valley senior Sam McKinley shot an 86.

The tour concludes it’s annual swing through Grand Junction this morning at Tiara Rado Golf Course for the 18-hole Central Warrior Invitational.

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