Grand Valley’s Bell shoots 82 at Boys 3A State Golf Championship |

Grand Valley’s Bell shoots 82 at Boys 3A State Golf Championship

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

ELIZABETH, Colorado ” Min Kyu Jeon (Front Range Christian) shot an even-par round of 72 on Monday to take the early lead in the Boys 3A State Championship. Two shots behind him sat Michael Reitz (Denver Christian) while Clark Reidberger (Pagosa Springs) and Andrew Comella (St. Mary’s) were three shots back after rounds of 75. Five more players were another shot back.

Grand Valley’s Kaleb Bell played through his leg injury to shoot the best round of the four Western Slope League qualifiers with a 10-over round of 82, which left him tied for 17th and 10 shots back. He used a pull cart to take some stress off it but got a little sore near the end of his round.

“I played alright,” Bell said. “Lost some shots chipping up to the green, that really was what gave me the most trouble. My drives were straight and I one- or two-putted the greens.

“The greens were pretty firm,” Bell added describing the toughest aspect of the Spring Valley Golf Course. “The rain softened the greens up a bit, but it was still tough to hold anything close.”

Craig Spaulding (Coal Ridge) shot a 47 on the back after 41 on the front for a round of 88, which left him 16 shots back. The two Roaring Fork individuals ” sophomore Micah Evonitz and junior Arick Zeigel ” shot 91 and 94 respectively, leaving them a ways behind.

“Micah didn’t have a great day,” Roaring Fork head coach Larry Williams said. “He was struggling off the tee box today, which is usually one of his strengths. Arick shot better than his season average because he putted much better today than he has been.

“Tomorrow we want them to shoot their average or better,” revealed Williams. “The course and the weather conditions did make it a little tougher today. It was windy and cold but everybody had to play with that and there were some low scores out there.”

One of the low scores came from Bell. His goal going into tomorrow is to crack the top 10 and make a run at the leader if he can manage it. To do that, he realizes he needs to be a bit more aggressive.

“I’ll try to go for a few more greens in two and get those birdie putt opportunities,” said Bell.

And as far as the leg goes?

“It depends. It comes into a factor towards the end of the round, kinda wears on me but I’m playing through it and it’s all I can do really.”

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