Joiner earns trip to 4A state
BATTLEMENT MESA – Adam Joiner deserves the nap he requested.”I don’t want to think about state right now,” the Roaring Fork High School golfer said after finishing Thursday’s regional tournament with a Class 4A state qualifying round of 76. “All I want to do is go to sleep for a long time.”He deserves the rest, especially after surviving a rough 18th hole.
“I played really good except for my four-putt on No. 18,” said Joiner. “I hit the ball real well today until I got on 18. I missed two four-footers. I hit the hole both times, but it wouldn’t go in.”The final hole dropped Joiner a couple of strokes, but his final score held up as one of the best of the day.A sixth-place finish assured him a berth in the Class 4A two-day state tournament in to be held Oct. 4-5 at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.Joiner is the only area golfer advancing to the state tournament from the 19-team regional at Battlement Mesa this year.
Kenton Gamache of regional team champion Steamboat Springs shot the individual low round of 72, edging teammate Hans-Peter Bacher and Willie Edwards of Palisade by one stroke. Tom Huckins of Montrose and Ryan Brees of Steamboat tied for fourth.The Sailors and team runner-up Montrose qualified en masse to the tournament.Regional: see page A26
Other individual qualifiers not from the top two teams are Willie Edwards of Palisade, Gunnison’s Tom Huckins, Joiner, Austin Chow of Battle Mountain, Telluride’s John Cannon and Kris Huitt of Rangely.The Rams Sean McMechen had the next lowest score among area individuals with an 80. Hayden Winkler finished two shots back of his teammate at 82. As a team, Roaring Fork shot 238 to finish third.Steamboat’s winning team score was 220. Montrose carded a 235.Glenwood Springs took ninth with a 247. Basalt shot a combined 252 for 10th place. Grand Valley with a score of 291 ended in 19th place.
Individually, Matt McAdow and Sean Flohr paced the Demons with marks of 81 and 82, respectively. Two Basalt golfers – Connor Rakowski and Nick Johnson – each shot 83. Rifle placed 16th at 266 with Mike Sours leading the team at 86. Sophomore Sam McKinley came in with a team-low of 89 for Grand Valley.
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Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale has had a long tradition of former Rams taking the coaching reins of the school’s basketball teams, including two new head coaches this year.