Glenwood golfers off to 3A state tournament
Glenwood Springs High School will have a pair of golfers at the Class 3A State Championships. They just won’t be wearing red and white Glenwood Springs High School colors when they go there.
Instead, they’ll be wearing the purple and gold of Basalt High School. Roger Gauthier and Linc Kleager — Glenwood Springs High School students who are playing golf for Basalt High School — reached the Class 3A State Championships on Tuesday thanks to their finishes at the 3A Western Slope Regional tournament at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango.
Gauthier’s score of 11-over 82 placed him seventh among the 41-golfer tournament field, finishing two strokes behind Coal Ridge’s Riley Tamborello and one behind the sixth-place score of Dylan Hardenbergh of Vail Mountain. Kleager finished in a three-way tie for ninth place with Vail Mountain’s Oliver Pesso and Vail Christian’s Tony Clark.
The top 13 individuals in the tournament earned berths in the 3A State Championships, which will be played Sept. 29 and 30 at Northeastern 18 Golf Course in Sterling.
Gauthier, a senior, stayed steady over the course of his golf round, making par on the first three holes and holes 13 through 16 before carding a birdie on the par-5 17th hole. Kleager, a sophomore, was among the tournament’s leaders and was at 6-over par through 12 holes. He went four-over on the 13th, however, but recovered with pars on his next two holes before carding a birdie on the par-4 16th.
Also making it to the state tournament — at the 4A level, that is — was Rifle High freshman Jacob Smith. He qualified for the Class 4A State Championships on Tuesday, emerging from a three-person playoff to nab one of the final two spots at the Class 4A Western Slope Regional in Durango.
Smith finished in a three-way tie for 10th place with a score of 11-over 82, then parred the playoff hole to earn the state-tournament berth. Teammate Wyatt Carter finished with a 90 for the Bears.
“I’m not sure when the last time a freshman made state from Rifle, but I know he was the only freshman to make it this year from our regional tournament, which I feel is pretty special,” Rifle coach Matt Rowe said on Wednesday.
The 4A State Championships will be held Sept. 29 and 30 at Walking Stick Golf Course in Pueblo.
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