Big day for Eagle Valley at Roaring Fork Invitational |

Big day for Eagle Valley at Roaring Fork Invitational

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Eagle Valley freshman Nick Bontempo made the most of his season finale.Swinging to a 79 at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, the young Devil won his first high school golf tournament at Monday’s Roaring Fork Invitational. He also helped his squad to the team title.Bontempo switches between varsity and junior varsity during the course of the season and, consequently, will sit out the remainder of the Devils’ tournaments. He seemed happy to have made a difference on Monday by producing what proved to be the lowest round he’s shot in a prep tourney.”This is my first year on the team,” he said. “I had a bad start and missed the first tryout. I’m just here helping the team out.”Bontempo tied with junior teammates Kevin Stough atop the leaderboard, but captured medalist honors by way of a scorecard playoff. Basalt’s Marty Knous finished third with an 83 on the par-72 course. Eagle Valley’s Austin Fahrenholtz and Battle Mountain’s Dillon McDonald (84) tied for fourth.Host Roaring Fork’s best showing came from Micah Evonitz, who shot an 85 that landed him in sixth. Arick Zeigel carded the next-best score for the Rams, shooting a 96.

Grand Valley’s Kaleb Bell had reason to grimace after finishing up his Monday round. He hoofed the entire course with a walking boot shrouding his left foot.Bell broke his foot, leg and ankle in several places after rolling a four-wheeler in the summer. But that isn’t keeping the senior off the course during the final weeks of the season, not with a chance to make state looming on the horizon. The 3A regional is Sept. 23 at Aspen Golf Course.Legging out the course wore on Bell at River Valley Ranch. He shot a 98.”It’s a little painful,” Bell said afterwards. “It was very, very bad, compared to what I should be shooting.”He expects things to change by the time the regional rolls around.”I’ll be ready by then,” a determined Bell said.

Eagle Valley JV golfer Taylor Sanchez hit a hole-in-one on No. 3 at River Valley Ranch on Monday. He finished with a round of 87.

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