Ready to tee it up |

Ready to tee it up

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Co Colorado
Post Independent file

Roaring Fork High School boys golf coach Larry Williams had hoped to have a pair of 2008 state qualifiers in pocket as his Rams kicked off the 2009 season.

An unfortunate injury will keep that from happening.

The Rams’ No. 1 swinger, sophomore Micah Evonitz, underwent wrist surgery three weeks ago. He may or may not make it back late in the season.

Williams isn’t optimistic.

“He had to have a couple of pins put in,” the coach relayed. “He gets those out Sept. 11. There’s a slight chance he’ll maybe make it back for regionals.”

Still, Williams has senior Arick Zeigel back in the fold. Zeigel accompanied Evonitz at state last year and will lead a small but talented team onto the links.

Sophomore Thomas Cerise has worked on his game quite a bit over the summer and is the leading candidate for Roaring Fork’s No. 2 spot. Fellow soph Trent Reeds should slot into the No. 3 hole he occupied last fall.

“Hopefully, we’ll improve as the season goes on,” Williams said by phone on Wednesday. “The kids who have played a lot of golf throughout the summer. It’ll show tomorrow the ones who haven’t picked up their clubs.”

Jemiah Fowler already coached Coal Ridge’s girls golf team. So, when Joe Elliott vacated the boys post, Fowler jumped at the chance to take over and deliver continuity between the two programs.

“The idea is to try and bring something a little more consistent with the two programs in the school,” he said. “Since I was coaching the girls, everyone thought it was in the best interest [to coach the boys].”

And Fowler inherits a boys program that’s in solid shape.

Seniors Craig Spaulding, a returning state qualifier, and Andy Smedra and junior Casey Lawrence round out a top three the new coach expects to make a little noise.

“My expectation is that they do really well,” Fowler said. “I would think, by the way they look now, that those three should qualify for state. I have big expectations for them. I think they can do it.”

Kaleb Bell, last year’s lone Grand Valley state qualifier, may have graduated, but second-year Cardinal coach Scott Carpenter doesn’t believe the cupboard is bare at the western Garfield County school.

Back are senior Jeremy Lawrence and junior Dylan Walters, who have regional experience under their belts.

Carpenter also sees promise in sophomore Douglas Mikesell, who nearly represented the Cards at regionals last fall, and junior Brody Hayes.

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