Cards, Rams, Titans ready to tee off
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Three days of practice and now it’s go time. That’s all the time prep teams have to decide who will play and to prepare for the boys golf season.Grand Valley, which has seven golfers out, will begin its season in its own back yard by hosting the Grand Valley Invitational at Battlement Mesa today. Senior Ben Evers and juniors Kaleb Bell and Colton Cowan will look to lead the Cardinals on the links this season, as Grand Valley tries to rebuild after losing 2006 state qualifier Sam McKinley.”We’d like to shoot in the top 10 in the first tournament,” said Grand Valley head coach Jeff Bradley.With Evers as the only senior, Bradley will also use the season-opening tournament as a measurement to see how his younger players are fairing.”I just want to see the baseline of where we are at,” Bradley said. “The season is so short that is tough for us, that unless they have been playing in the summer, it’s hard.”The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them as a total of 18 teams will tee off in the tournament, which will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Roaring Fork’s squad returns three staples from its 2006 in team in senior Max Frank and juniors Daron Parker and Tyler Reynolds. A total of 10 golfers are out for the team, which has been playing the front nine at River Valley Ranch this week.”We are just trying to get the qualifying rounds in to get the team set since we play Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday,” said Roaring Fork head coach Larry Williams of the quick start to the season.Even though the newer members of the team are young, Williams feels optimistic about this year’s team.
“A couple of freshman have some promise,” said Williams.One of those freshman is Micah Evonitz, who played in a few American Junior GolfAssociation tournaments this summer. Evonitz, who Williams said hits in the low80s, will join the team in a few weeks as he is currently on vacation, skiing in Chile. Another valuable younger addition to the Rams will be Arick Zeigel, a sophomore who will be playing soccer and golf for Roaring Fork.
With a team only in its third year of existence and a coach beginning his first season, the Coal Ridge golf team is still in a building phase.Joe Elliott has taken the reins for the Titans, who have been practicing this week at Lakota Canyon Golf Club. Eight kids were out on Tuesday, but Elliott is still waiting to see if more come out for the squad.”Some of the kids are really here to play and something and some of them are here for an activity,” Elliott said of the diversity of playing levels on the team. “Some of them of them have never picked up a club.” Elliott is planning on having his players practice everything from putting to driving and even golf course maintenance by dedicating time to filling divots and helping clean up any trash on the course. The Titans will get some experience today at the Grand Valley Invitational and then the team can go forward.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.