Offseason work paying off
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” The will to challenge themselves in the offseason is starting to pay dividends for the Glenwood Springs High School boys golf team.
“We established a summer program as much as we could,” said head coach Bryan Whiting, mentioning the involvement of the Demons top players in various tournaments and events in June, July and August prior to the start of the current prep campaign.
“They did lots of stuff, and our guys are scoring at or better than they did before,” he said.
Tuesday’s round proved the coach’s point.
For the second day in a row, the Demons finished among the top 10 in the team scores ” carding a combined 250 for eighth place ” in Tuesday’s Warrior Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Club.
And, without the need of catching up with their studies of attending classes as they normally would be doing, the 2006 squad can zero in on golf.
“In our case, we start school extra late this year,” Whiting said. “There’s only three regular tournaments we’re in when school starts.”
Classes at GSHS are scheduled to begin Aug. 28.
It’s great from the standpoint that they wouldn’t miss as much school as they normally would,” Whiting continued. “Last year our main people were missing eight or nine days of school. It’s nice for them to be down to three or four days.”
Steamboat Springs, on a combined total of 224, won the team championship by one stroke over Fruita Monument, with Basalt in third at 230. Grand Valley took 11th place. Roaring Fork was 14th.
Cody Nelson, with a 6-over mark of 78, had the day’s best round for the Demons. The score placed him in a 12th-place tie with Grand Junction’s Sam LeFebre.
Grand Valley High sophomore Colton Cowan finished with the lowest score among area golfers Tuesday. His round of 77 boosted the Cardinals’ No. 1 player to a three-way tie for eighth with Blake Nicholson of Grand Junction and Grand Junction Central High’s Scott Whiteman.
Glenwood’s Tory Garling, who scored 82, was the only other area golfer to make the top 20.
On a nice bit of sportsmanship, Fruita’s Chase Nathe earned the individual championship medal when Steamboat golfer Paul Berry informed tournament officials to give him the title after finishing dead-even after two playoff holes.
Earlier Jim Knous of Basalt, who finished tied with Nathe and Barry on 18-hole rounds of 72, fell out of contention on the first playoff hole.
The Western Slope tour moves to Montrose for a pair of separate 18-hole events at the Black Canyon Golf Course this afternoon, followed by Wednesday morning’s tournament at Cobble Creek.
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