Playoff takes center stage at GVI golf tourney |

Playoff takes center stage at GVI golf tourney

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Rifle High School's Brandon Forney hits the ball onto the green, just missing the hole on the 15th green during the Rifle Invitational Tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course Friday morning. Forney bogied the hole.

By Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff

RIFLE – Heat-spent prep golfers got an emotional jolt as Friday’s Grand Valley Invitational’s individual scores were posted on the leaderboard.”Oh, man I can’t believe a kid hit a 70,” moaned one player after seeing Collin Covault of Montrose High School’s 18-hole total written in red marker, denoting his two-under the golf course’s par-72 mark.Covault expressed the same feeling minutes later when Steamboat’s Hans-Peter Bacher matched the score.Forced into a playoff for the individual title, Covault earned the win on the first extra hole. The scores of both golfers took the sheen off the play of area preps who shot strong rounds in the second event of the 2004 prep boys Western Slope tour.

Roaring Fork’s Adam Joiner’s 77 was the best round among area players. Overall, the Ram senior concluded the GVI in a five-way tie for 10th place.The next lowest area scores were set by Rifle High sophomore MIke Sours and Basalt’s Connor Radkowski, who each shot 80 to put them in a 15th place tie with five opponents.Glenwood Springs had the best team score among area schools in the 21-team tournament.The Demons, paced by Sean Flohr (83) and Connor Frey (84), totaled a combined 252 for ninth place, a stroke up on Basalt’s 253 and nine shots better than Rifle’s No. 1 team, 11th place finish.Roaring Fork (288) was 18th. Rifle’s No. 2 squad finished 19th at 261 with Grand Valley (330) taking 21st place.

Durango, whose top three golfers – Tyler Coats (74), Keenan Holt (75) and Alex Frisby (75) – took third and tied for fourth place, respectively, had a team low 224.Runner-up Montrose was two back at 226. Fruita Monument and Steamboat’s 229 tied them for third place.The prep boys golf tour resumes with two 18-hole events in Grand Junction.On Monday, Bookcliff County Club hosts Tiger Invitational followed by Tuesday’s Warrior Invite at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

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