PREP GOLF: Coal Ridge’s Scott, Rifle’s Capwell each earn first state golf berth
GYPSUM — Tyler Scott was riding home through Glenwood Canyon on Tuesday, not really realizing what he’d accomplished yet.
“I don’t think it’s really set in yet,” Scott said. “I’m sure it will hit me here in a minute.”
Scott, a Coal Ridge High senior, shot the round of his life on at the Class 3A Western Slope Regional boys golf tournament at Gypsum Creek Golf Course on Tuesday. He finished in fourth place individually, easily making the cut to qualify for the Class 3A State Championships in Pueblo.
“I just came in looking to play well and hoping for the best,” said Scott, who earned his first state tournament berth. “I was really surprised by the way I played. I thought if I could sneak into the eighth of ninth spot I’d be happy. I can’t believe I got fourth.”
Cody Capwell of Rifle can say the same thing. The Rifle senior, who was playing in his first regional tournament, managed a fourth-place finish individually in the 4A regional at Gypsum Creek to earn a state-tournament nod.
Scott finished with a 6-over 78, which left him seven strokes off the 1-under 71 from Vail Christian’s Cooper Gould. Harrison Alonzo of Vail Mountain School and Tristan Rohrbaugh of Basalt finished tied for second at 2-over 74.
Clayton Crawford (76) and Will Hazen (77) of Aspen each finished ahead of Scott individually. But since Aspen won the team title with a score of 234 — one stroke better than second-place Vail Mountain — Crawford and Hazen didn’t factor into the individual scoring.
Scott, who got on a roll during his round, had thoughts of where he might finish when he was on the course. He didn’t let that bother him, though.
“I was thinking about it,” he said. “I just had to put it in the back of my mind. I knew if I kept thinking about it, I’d have no chance.”
Scott was the only Class 3A golfer playing for a Garfield County high school to reach the state meet. Rohrbaugh, who plays for Basalt, lives in Carbondale.
Also finishing for Coal Ridge was Michael Moser (22nd with a 94) and Cole Duplesys (25th with a 96). Grand Valley’s J.T. Kellebrew finished with a 97 to net 25th place, with teammate Tyler Dove finishing 29th with a 102.
In Class 4A, Capwell managed his fourth-place individual finish at the Class 4A Western Slope Regional tournament with a 5-over 77.
The even-par 72 from Jacob Rudosky of Montezuma-Cortez earned him medalist honors, with Trevor Bogus of Durango (2-over 74) and Britt Walton of Steamboat Springs (3-over 75) following. Durango won the team title with a 228, eliminating the individual scores of Bogus and Durango’s Cory Gillespie (4-over 76). It moved Capwell’s score from sixth place to fourth.
It also ended up being fortuitous for Ty Caron of Rifle, who finished in a four-way tie with an 81, yet won a two-hole playoff to earn one of the final two individual state berths remaining in the tournament.
The Bears finished fourth as a team with a score of 240, trailing Steamboat Springs (230) and Cortez (239).
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