Coal Ridge hosts home invite |

Coal Ridge hosts home invite

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Sub-80 scorecards were a frequent sight at Thursday’s Titan Invitational boys golf tournament, where local high schoolers worked to polish their game in advance of Tuesday’s Western Regional.

Led by Delta’s Matt Hanson, whose even-par round of 72 trumped all at Lakota Canyon Golf Club, eight walked off the links having swung fewer than 80 times.

Rifle’s Klayton Costanzo, whose 77 led the Bears to a fourth-place finish as a team, was among them. He also finished fourth in the individual standings.

Costanzo might have placed a bit higher had he not endured a rough go-of-it on the day’s final hole. He took a nine on an adventuresome tangle with No. 18. Up to that point, he was one over.

Danny Bartels shot an 81 for Rifle, which posted a team score of 241. Jacob Withee carded an 83.

Senior Craig Spaulding paced host Coal Ridge with an 83, a score he found to his liking.

“I’m happy with 83,” he said. “I’m usually around 85 here. So it’s better than average.”

Spaulding and the rest of the area’s top swingers will be in Steamboat Springs for Tuesday’s Western Regional at Haymaker Golf Course, where trips to the Oct. 5-6 state meet will be on the line.

Spaulding made it to the 3A state tournament last year and hopes to return. He’s played Haymaker only once, and shot a 99.

“I struggled,” he said. “But I think I got all the kinks worked out.”

As for the rest of the Coal Ridge contingent at Lakota, Andy Smedra shot an 86 and Casey Lawrence an 87 to round out the team’s top three. The Titans finished seventh overall, combining on a team score of 256.

Michael Braklow led Glenwood Springs, carding an 82. Taylor Mays shot 89 and Robert Reynolds 90 as the Demons scored an eighth-place finish with a score of 261.

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