Big guns battle at Junior Shootout |

Big guns battle at Junior Shootout

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Staking claim on their home links even before their season begins, three members of the Rifle High School boys golf team, and another future Bear, represented their team in fine fashion on Tuesday – all placing in the top five in the Alpine Bank Junior Shootout at Rifle Creek Golf Course.Matt Hubbell, Steven Anderson and Mike Sours took third, fourth and fifth respectively in the 14-and-older division with scores of 154, 155 and 158. “It was a lot of fun. I think I could have done a little bit better, but I think I am playing pretty good right now,” said Hubbell, a 17-year-old golfer who will be a senior in the fall. “I just had a few bad holes, but overall it was good.”Klayton Costanzo, a soon-to-be Bear golfer who will begin his freshman year at Rifle in the fall, took top honors in the shootout, shooting a 70 on the front nine and an 82 on the back for a combined score of 152.”I guess that was pretty exceptional play in the first round,” Costanzo said. “I was making everything I was looking at and getting the balls on the green. It was really my tee-to-green play that did it.”

After the first round, Costanzo was paired with some of his future teammates in the second round of the shootout.”I was really excited to be paired with those guys,” Costanzo said. “They were really nice and supportive. I am excited to play with them in the fall.”Matt Stern finished in second overall, carding a 153. Michelle Strip won the 14-and-up girls division with a score of 206. Colton Kyne topped the 8- to-13-year-old, nine-hole field, shooting a 95. Trey Morris placed second in the same division with a 108, followed by David Sours in third with a 112 and Cameron Stranthan taking fourth after carding a 117.In the girls 11- to 13-year-old, nine-hole category, Taylor Walters placed first with a 131, and Jordan Tuffy took second after hitting a 178.Anthony Watt played his way to a boys five-hole victory by shooting a 63, one stroke ahead of Denton Norell’s 64. Greg Rohn placed third with a 76, and Nikki Holloway came in fourth with an 83.

On the girls side of the same division, Alyx Carter earned a win in the girls five-hole bracket after shooting a 76, while Monika Spaulding and Ryann Tuffy took second and third with scores of 98 and 104 respectively.Tristen Rohn took first in the 6-and-under five-hole boys division. Hubbell, who works at Rifle Creek and plays golf almost every day, is planning on entering a few more tournaments this summer, but looking forward to the fall and playing with the Bears.”We should be pretty good,” Hubbell said. “We had a pretty good team last year, but I think we can do even better this year.”Rifle, along with the Glenwood Springs High School boys golf team, will first tee off in the 2006 season on Aug. 14 at the Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.

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