Bears advance to Class 4A state golf tourney
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The home course is definitely an advantage.
Steamboat Springs, playing on its home links at the Haymaker Golf Course, took top honors at the Class 4A Western Regional Tournament Wednesday.
On a wet day that included a rain delay of almost an hour, Steamboat carded a team total of 229 to unseat reigning regional champ Rifle. Rifle, however, did qualify for the state tournament with a second-place score of 236.
With the team qualification, all four Rifle golfers – Jerrad Brown, Cole Manuppella, Jeb Savage and Jim Owens – qualify for the state tournament to be held in Greeley on Sept. 30. The top two teams advanced to the state tournament.
Roaring Fork, in its first season with its own team, finished eighth with a score of 246 and also qualified a player individually. Glenwood Springs was ninth at 251. Grand Valley was 16th and Basalt was 19th at 301 and 327, respectively.
Individually, Jeff Franks posted a round of 73, 1-over-par, for top honors, followed by Mike Rusk of Montrose and Scott Tarbet of Aspen, who tied for second place at 75.
Brown and Manuppella tied for fourth, three strokes behind Franks. Brown also finished fourth in last year’s Regional Tournament held at Grand Junction’s Tiara Rado golf course. Savage and Owens carded 84 and 85 for 25th and 29th, respectively.
Roaring Fork’s Sean McMechen was the only area player outside of Rifle to qualify for state. McMechen, who entered the tournament ranked 20th, carded a 77 for a seventh-place finish. The top six players not on one of the qualifying teams advanced individually.
Sean Flohr led Glenwood’s scoring with an 80, putting him in a tie with Roaring Fork’s Chris Webster for 15th place. Jacob Ziemann, also of Glenwood tied for 25th with an 84.
Robbie Parker’s round of 96 was the low score for the Basalt team, while Zach Hayes paced Grand Valley with an 88.
Here are the results from the Class 4A Western Regional Tournament held at the par-72 Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs:
1, Steamboat Springs (SS), 229. 2, Rifle (R), 236. 3, Battle Mountain (BM), 238. 4, Cedaredge (Ced), 242. 5, Montrose (Mon), 243. 6, Aspen (Asp), 244. 7, Montezuma-Cortez (MC), 245. 8, Roaring Fork (RF), 246. 9, Glenwood Springs, 251. 10 (tie), Moffat County and Palisade (Pal), 255. 12, Gunnison, 258. 13, Delta, 270. 14, Meeker, 282. 15, Rangely, 290. 16, Grand Valley, 301. 17, Telluride, 307. 18, Ridgway, 312. 19, Basalt, 327. 20, Eagle Valley, NS.
(top eight not on qualifying team
advance to state)
Top 10 – 1, Jeff Franks, SS, 73. 2 (tie), Mike Rusk, Mon, and Scott Tarbet, Asp, 75. 4, Jerrad Brown, R, Cole Manuppella, R, and Shea Sena, MC, 76. 7 (tie), Sean McMechen, RF, Cody Sherrill, SS, and Dave Gilman, Cedaredge, 77. 10 (tie) Willie Edwards, Pal, 78 (won qualifying playoff); Keith Denton, BM and Ben Vancuren, BM, 78 (alternates).
Steamboat Springs (229) – 13, Kenton Gamache, 79. 25, Ryan Brees, 84.
Rifle (236) – 25, Jeb Savage, 84. 29, Jim Owens, 85.
Other local scores
Roaring Fork (246) – 15, Chris Webster, 80. 43, Bryant Maggert, 89. 46, Adam Joiner, 91.
Glenwood Springs (251) – 15, Sean Flohr, 80. 25, Jacob Ziemann, 84. 37, Jesse Hansen, 87. 52, Andy Buchholz, 96.
Grand Valley (301) – 40, Zach Hayes, 88. 63, Jason Conklin, 106. 65, Colin Lauman, 107. 72, Justin Conklin, 118.
Basalt (301) – 52, Robbie Parker, 96. 60, Sean Culver, 102. 74, David Rice, 129. 75, Matt Hobbs, 134.
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