Local golfers net tourney championships
GRAND JUNCTION – Garfield County residents A.J. Joiner and Loren Forney capped three days of golfing with tournament titles on Wednesday.Playing in the third day of the Daily Sentinel Junior Golf Tournament, Joiner and Forney each won their division of the 54-hole tournament which completed play Wednesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.Joiner, a 2006 Roaring Fork graduate, carded an even-par round of 72 for a three-day total of 222 to win the boys 16-18 championship. His final mark allowed him to overtake high school teammate Teddy Karlinski, the day two leader, by one stroke.
Although he’s played numerous rounds at Lincoln Park, Joiner admitted he started poorly.”I was not focused for a couple of holes. I was hitting (the ball) straight, but I couldn’t make a couple putts and chips,” he said.Midway through, Joiner found his stroke, finishing at even-par on both the front and back nines, shooting a couple birdies down the backstretch.
In winning, Joiner overtook playing partners – Jim Knous and Connor Rakowski of Basalt, the day two co-leaders – who started Wednesday’s play one up on Joiner.Knous, ending with a tournament total of 226, dropped back to third after shooting a 77. Rakowski’s 83 on Wednesday plunged him to fifth overall at 232, three back of Grand Junction’s Chace Nathe. Forney, a home-schooled Rifle resident playing in her first Sentinel Junior, ended with a three-day total of 253, besting 14-15 girls runner-up Emily Wood by seven shots.
She completed the 54-hole tournament with her best round, an 83, on Wednesday after carding consecutive rounds of 85 at Bookcliff and Tiara Rado Monday and Tuesday.Forney started off strong on the front nine, scoring a birdie on No. 5, then hitting par on another two holes. She said the round came down of a matter of focusing on two aspects of her game. “I was having trouble with my short game,” she said. “So, all I wanted to think about was my swing and my putting. On the front nine I was putting like crazy and I was just loving it.”
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