Area Sports Briefs
Former Glenwood Springs golfer Cody Nelson made golf history for Southern Arkansas University in the April 21-22 Gulf South Conference Championship.Nelson, a freshman for the Muleriders, hit a hole-in-one on No. 8 at Hot Springs Country Club in Arkansas. Using his 7-iron, Nelson sent the ball 177 yards into the cup. The shot was the first ace in the history of the Gulf South Conference Championship. Nelson put together rounds of 81, 81 and 76 for a total of 238 that put him in a tie for 50th in the tournament.
On Friday, the Glenwood Springs boys swim team took on Grand Junction and Montrose in the Demons’ final regular season meet of the year. Geoffrey Moore led the way for Glenwood with a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 21.87 seconds. Alex Moore placed fourth in the 500 freestyle with a 6:37.17 mark.Glenwood Springs will host the Western Slope Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
The Racing Mules Golf Association held its first tournament of the 2008 golf season April 26 at the Aspen Glen Club. The Racing Mules are a group of 100 Roaring Fork Valley golfers who hold a monthly tournament at area courses. The group was founded in 2003 by Dave Scruby. The main purpose of the Racing Mules is to utilize golf to generate funds for a variety of area charities. Each year, the Mules allocate more than $10,000 to these charities, among them the Shining Stars Organization, Glenwood Springs High School’s golf teams, the Roaring Fork Educational Foundation, the Susan B. Komen Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Don Kriz Youth Farm and others.Winners in each tournament earn pretend prize money that is accumulated toward a season-long money list. The Aspen Glen tournament not only had winners,but survivors, considering the 35-degree wind chill. Regardless, Jeff Hale completed his round in shorts since, in his opinion, that is the only appropriate golf attire.Aspen Glen winners, with their respective scores and earnings, were:Low net – 1. John Seidel, 66, $1.2 million; 2. Dave Scruby, 69, $900,000; 3. John Taufer, 70, $720,000; 4. Rick Orrison, 72, $594,000; 5. Harold Leonard, 72, $594,000. Low gross – 1. Dave Scruby, 78. Two-man best ball – 1. (tie) Brian Gablehouse and Orrison and Jerry Steinbrecher and Seidel, 62.The next tournament is the Tom Beard Memorial in Battlement Mesa on May 24. More information is available at racingmule.org.
br>David Small and Mark Sills paired up to take home the top gross score from the May 3-4 Gap Opener, a two-man, best-ball tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course.The duo carded a gross 135 from the first flight to top championship flighters Kirk Blaszyk and Mark Barlau, who recorded a 137.Tying for third overall and second in the champ flight were Joe Elliot and Doug Choate and Dennis Lucero and Mark Montgomery. Both pairs shot 139s. Earl Cherry and John Savage shot a 146 from the first flight.Winning the second flight gross title were Tim Whalen and John Seidel (147), and the third flight winners were Dusty Walls and Woody Lottman (156).The tourney’s top net score came from the first flight, where Chris Christensen and Jack Sours Jr. ganged up for a 121.Championship flight swingers Roger Walters and Mark Cowan secured the next best net score with a 122. Dale Cruse and Shawn Cruse had a 128 to take second in the championship flight while Jeff Otto and Mark Lillif shot a net 129 for first-flight second.Grabbing the top second flight net score was Erik Vantassel and Ed Weiss (124). They were tailed by Pat Hayes and Roger Schmitz (125). The top third flight net belonged to David Vanderhoof and Dan Jarosz (124).
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Fans, players and coaches on both sides of Stubler Memorial Field seemed to know it would come down just the way it did, regardless of who had the ball at the end.