Roaring Fork golfer takes lead in tourney |

Roaring Fork golfer takes lead in tourney

Bring on the heat.

Adam Joiner said a record-setting day of 85 degrees helped the Roaring Fork High School senior as he singed his way to a first-day lead of the 36-hole Class 4A state tournament at Wellshire Golf Course in Denver Monday.

“The conditions were perfect. It was like summer,” Joiner said.

With no weather problems to bother him, Joiner reeled off a round of 67 for a three-stroke lead over playing partner Paul Berry of Steamboat Springs heading into today’s final round.

Joiner said the key was putting.

“I putted really good today and I had a streak of birdies.”

With just three bogies and scores of two on Nos. 2, 9 and 14, Joiner rapidly put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Joiner and Berry sit at one-two on the leaderboard after Monday’s round, and two more Western Slope golfers were among the top 11 individuals prior to the start of today’s tournament-ending round.

Teddy Karlinski of Aspen is tied for third with Nick Umholtz from Greeley Central at 71, four back of Joiner.

Montrose’s Brent Bierma in among a pack of seven golfers tied at 74.

Jim Knous and Connor Rakowski of Basalt remain within striking distance of earning a state medal with one-day totals of 77 and 79, respectively.

The Longhorns’ two other golfers ” Nick Johnson and Bryan Mason ” carded rounds of 83 and 86.

Greeley Central, after shooting a combined 219, leads the team standings by two strokes over Pueblo West. Basalt and Steamboat are tied for 12th at 239.

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