Sultans of swing: Garfield County golfers enjoy state
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado – By the time he made it to his 13th Tuesday hole, Michael Braklow’s legs were dragging a bit.
It was his 31st hole in two days at the Monday-Tuesday Class 4A state boys golf tournament on a course that measured 7,006 yards, so the fatigue came with good reason.
“I was worn out by the time I made it to 13. I was way too tired,” Braklow, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, said by phone on Tuesday after carding a second-round 89 to finish off state with a two-round score of 170.
Braklow’s 26-over-par score netted him 71st place in a loaded 4A field that was topped by Valor Christian’s Wyndham Clark (69-67 – 136).
Braklow, a first-time state qualifier, had been rolling along in Monday’s first round before following a double-bogey with a triple on his back nine. He had been on pace for a score in the 70s.
He said he just didn’t play that well on Tuesday.
“I played well on the front nine,” Braklow said. “The back nine just ate me up.”
Though his senior season is in the books, Braklow’s love affair with golf won’t end any time soon. He hopes to enroll in a golf management program at either the University of Nevada, Las Vegas or the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
TRINIDAD, Colorado – Wind plagued Grand Valley junior Dylan Walters during the first round of the Class 3A state golf tournament at Cougar Canyon Golf Course in Trinidad.
In Tuesday’s second round, the Cardinal said it just wasn’t his day.
Walters shot a two-round total of 185 – 92 in round one and 93 in round two – to secure a 49th-place finish in his first state tournament.
“It was alright,” said Walters, summing up his state showing by phone on Tuesday. “The first day I played pretty good. The wind was really bad for all of us, so it was hard to play good. Today, I wasn’t making very good contact. I had an off day.”
Regardless, Walters relished the experience enough that he’s going to devote his summer to shaving strokes off his average in pursuit of a return trip.
“I’m ready for next year,” he said. “I’ll make sure to practice a lot more this summer.”
Roaring Fork senior Arick Zeigel rebounded from a shaky first round, one that saddled his scorecard with a 98, to shoot 84 on Tuesday. His 38-over-par 182 landed him a 42nd-place finish.
“Today was better than yesterday,” Zeigel said on his way home Tuesday afternoon. “I was one over after nine holes. I didn’t have a single par after nine. I fell hard at the end, but my score was not bad.”
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