Prep talent bubbles to top in tourney |

Prep talent bubbles to top in tourney

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxMichael Flohr, of Glenwood Springs, tees off on the third hole during the Soda Pop Open Monday afternoon at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

Matt McAdow has an eye on the future of his golfing career while maintaining a focus on the present.

“I’ve been stepping it up and playing and practicing a lot more because it’s my senior year, and I’m looking for colleges to play at,” he said after winning the boys 16- to 18-year-old division of Monday’s Soda Pop Open.

Playing on his home course, McAdow concluded his summer golf schedule with a division-best even-par round of 72 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club course.

McAdow won by three strokes over high school teammate Cody Nelson, the same distance Nelson bested GSHS golfers Mike Sours and Michael Flohr in the chase for second and third place. Sours, who finished in a three-way tie at 78 with Flohr and Zach Haddan after 18 holes, earned third place in a one-hole playoff.

The scores of the four Glenwood High golfers gives McAdow a good feeling about the prep boys season, which starts later this month in Parachute.

“We should have a good solid team this year,” McAdow said of the Demons.

Connor Rakowski, the Soda Pop Open’s 13-15 boys winner, feels the same about Basalt High School’s 2005 golf team.

“I think our high school’s team is going to be one of the best within the valley,” the rising sophomore said.

So it wasn’t surprising to Rakowski that the closest score to his 74 came from Longhorns teammate Jim Knous, who had a round of 79.

“I really expected him to be right there with me,” Rakowski said.

When it comes to high expectations on the golf course, Jacy Reynolds is always among the top of the leaderboard.

Playing in her final local tournament before starting her college golf career at Division I McNeese University, in Lake Charles, La., the 2005 GSHS graduate carded a lifetime-best, one-over 73 at the west Glenwood course.

Reynolds’ score bested that of runner-up Angela Martinez, from Grand Junction, by 26 strokes. Morgan Rossow, of Glenwood, was third.

Michelle Stripp, an incoming GSHS freshman, won the girls 13- to 15-year-old division with a nine-hole total of 55, a nine-shot lead over runner-up Maggee Becker.

Nathan Green and Alyx Carter won their respective divisions among golfers 9 and younger. William Berg had a division-low nine-hole round of 43 in the boys 10- to 12-year-old tournament. Taylor Walters defeated Carrie Keller by one shot in the 10-12 girls tournament, finishing with a 73.

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