Demons take third on home turf |

Demons take third on home turf

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Jason Whiting represented his team well as the Demons boys golf team hosted 10 teams in the Glenwood Invitational on Friday at Glenwood Springs Golf Club, hitting an eight-over round of 78 to tie for second place with Battle Mountain’s John Ryan Melzer.

Whiting finished the highest of Glenwood’s seven golfers playing in the tournament, but fell two strokes shy of Diego Casper, also of Battle Mountain.

“I started off well, but it was kinda like the Soda Pop (golf tournament in Glenwood on Aug. 6),” said Whiting, a senior. “I just screwed up the back nine more than anything. I had some good shots, some bad shots, but made a few putts and it turned out fairly decent.”

Casper and Melzer helped Battle Mountain finish atop the team standings, totaling a three-player score of 235. Steamboat came in second at 245, while Glenwood finished third with a 248.

Sophomore Demon Michael Braklow carded an 82 while DJ Pelland rounded out Glenwood’s scoring with an 88.

“They did all right. Jason and Michael are the only ones with varsity experience from last year,” said Glenwood head coach Bryan Whiting, who’s also Jason’s dad. “These two are the ones who played significant golf this summer and that really shows up.”

The tournament was the second of the prep season for boys golf, which started practice on Monday. As the teams dig into their 15-tournaments-in-six-weeks schedule, Bryan said it is challenging to rush into the season.

“We are different than any other sport. You can’t come out on Monday and practice and play in a tournament on Thursday if you haven’t been playing all summer long,” he said. “We don’t have a couple weeks to work into it like if you are football or basketball.”

Grand Valley tied for fifth with Eagle Valley after combining for a score of 291. Kaleb Bell was the lowest-scoring Cardinal by shooting an 87. Roaring Fork senior Max Frank hit an 83 to tie for ninth place over all and help the Rams finish in eighth place.

Glenwood, Grand Valley and Roaring Fork, as well as Rifle and Coal Ridge will all have the weekend off before heading to Grand Junction on Monday for a tournament at Bookcliff and another on Tuesday at Tiara Rado.

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