Gauthier, Kleager fare well at 3A golf tourney Day 1
Roger Gauthier finished with a first-round score of 5-over 77 on Monday, putting him nine strokes off the lead and in a five-way tie for 13th place individually at the Class 3A State Championships at Northeastern 18 Golf Course in Sterling.
Gauthier, a Glenwood Springs High School student who plays golf for Basalt, shot an even-par front nine before carding five bogies and four pars on the back nine to finish at 5-over. He had birdies on the first, sixth and seventh holes.
Gauthier finished tied with Mark Hillary and Oliver Jack of Kent Denver, Ivan Richmond of Estes Park and Aspen’s Trey Robinson in the five-way tie. One stroke behind him in a five-way tie for 18th was teammate Linc Kleager, who goes into the second day of the state tournament at 6-over 78.
Riley Tamburello of Coal Ridge is making a respectable showing after the first day of the tournament, finishing with a 13-over 85 in a five-way tie for 52nd place in the 84-golfer field.
Aspen, which won the 3A Western Slope Regional title, was in eighth place in the 14-team standings with a team score of 246, 20 strokes behind first-place Sterling.
The Class 4A State Championships, which were played at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo, witnessed a pair of weather delays that extended play into the early evening hours Monday. It didn’t keep Rifle High freshman Jacob Smith from having a respectable day, though.
Smith had an opening-round score of 10-over 82, with his short game keeping him in the middle of the pack of the 84-golfer field. He carded a pair of double-bogies during his first nine holes, then settled down and played better despite a long lightning delay and a torrential rain storm that almost washed the remainder of the first round into today.
“It was really fun to watch him around the green today,” Rifle coach Matt Rowe said. “There were a lot of people who were super impressed with the way that he played overall. For a freshman to come in and play the way he did today in his first state tournament, I couldn’t be happier.”
Valor Christian’s Coby Welch and Jake Staiano finished at 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first day. They were among the five players who shot under par in the opening round in Pueblo.
The final rounds of both the 3A and 4A tournaments take place today.
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