Local prep golfers swing well
A handful of area golfers were swinging in fine form Monday, with six valley players finishing in the top 15 in the Ram Invitational at River Valley Ranch Golf Course in Carbondale.Basalt’s Jim Knous led the pack, shooting a four-under 68 and earning his second consecutive individual championship at the Ram Invitational. Knous’ teammate Connor Rakowski took fourth with a 74, helping Basalt work its way to another team championship with a combined score of 225, six under runner-up Fruita Monument.
Cody Nelson put together another impressive round for Glenwood, carding a 75 and tying for fifth. Fellow Demon Jason Whiting shot a 78 to finish in a three-way tie for 11th. Kevin Warkentin rounded out the Demon’s top three finishers with an 84. Glenwood fired off a 237 team score to place fourth.Roaring Fork’s top golfer, Hayden Winkler, did his best to defend his home links – shooting a 77 and tying for eighth place. As a team, the Rams finished 11th with a 279.
Rifle finished sixth as a team, totaling 240 behind Shawn Cruse’s 78, which tied Whiting. Matt Hubble and Mike Sours each chalked up 81s and Klayton Costanzo and Brandon Forney each chipped in 86s for the Bears. Coal Ridge placed 12 out of 13 teams on Monday, turning in its best performance of the season, according to assistant coach Penny Sykes. Todd Scott shot a 90 and Zach Lyons carded a 93 to lead the Titans.
Glenwood, Rifle and Roaring Fork will tee off next at the Delta Invitational on Wednesday before Glenwood takes its turn as host for Friday’s Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Nine teams figure to be in the tournament with Rifle, Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge and Basalt coming to town as well as Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain and Moffat County.Glenwood head coach Bryan Whiting is highly anticipating the home tournament and believes his Demons can do well.”The course is tough on people from out of town,” Whiting said. “Scores will not be exceptionally low, because it will be tough.”
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.