Costanzo wins big in Grand Junction |

Costanzo wins big in Grand Junction

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Klayton Costanzo didn’t just win the 14- and 15-year-old division of the Western Colorado Junior Golf Tournament that concluded Wednesday in Grand Junction, he took the title by a landslide.The sophomore-to-be at Rifle High School, shot a three-round total of 224 (10 -over par) to win the tournament by 18 strokes.

“I played really consistent for all three days,” Costanzo said after the win, which came in his first time playing in the tournament. “I was a little shaky today. Two of the courses I’ve never seen before. I put a couple of good scores together on those courses. I played solid golf all week.”Costanzo hit a 74 in round one at Bookcliff Country Club on Monday and then fired off a 72 at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Tuesday. He entered the final day of the tournament with a big lead, but didn’t change his approach to playing. “You still have to play good golf,” Costanzo said. “I just tried to keep it in the fairway and keep it out of the trees.”

He did that pretty well by hitting a seven-over par 78 at Lincoln Park on Wednesday.Michael Braklow, who will be a sophomore golfer for Glenwood Springs High School this fall, took third in the same division with a 245. Braklow shot rounds of 84, 85 and 76 in the tournament to finish 31 strokes over par.Basalt High School golfer Connor Rakowski finished as the runner-up in the boys 16-18 division with a three-day score of 216. Rakowski shot respective rounds of 71, 74 and 71, but, at two-over-par came up six strokes behind Calan Hoppe.

Glenwood Springs golfer Jason Whiting took 16th in same division, turning in a 255 final combined score. After rounds of 84 and 92 on the first two days of the tournament, Whiting turned in his best performance in the finale with a 79.Phil Sandoval of the Grand Junction Free Press contributed to this story.

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