Sweet victory for Moyer
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. For a second straight year, youth was served at the Soda Pop Open.Aspen’s Bobby Moyer became the second straight golfer from the boys 13- to 15-year-old age division to claim the youth tournament’s overall title, carding a 3-over-par 74 at Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Monday.”I had no idea I was playing that good,” said Moyer, whose 18-hole score would have been tops in the 16-18 division. “I was keeping score, but I didn’t really know I was playing that well.”Moyer said he was simply scribbling in his hole scores, not really paying much attention to his running total. A birdie on his second go-around with the third hole was the highlight of the day.”I made a 30-footer,” the 13-year-old said with a grin. “I had just that one and a bunch of pars.”Moyer beat out last year’s overall champ, Michael Braklow, and Austin Edinger for the title. Both fired a 78, though Braklow won a one-hole playoff to officially take second place.
Jason Whiting, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, won the 16-18 boys title in thrilling fashion, edging 2007 Rifle graduate Mike Sours in a playoff that lasted two holes after both carded 80s.In the first playoff, Sours recovered brilliantly from a tee shot that hooked just left off the fairway on the Hole 1. Despite having to shoot through trees, he made the green in two shots, the second approach shot landing on the green close enough to the hole for a clean up-and-down.Whiting’s tee shot landed square toward the end of the fairway, and though he reached the green in two shots, required two putts to finish the hole.The second playoff, held on the eighth hole, went to Whiting in dramatic fashion. On his tee shot, he narrowly cleared a water hazard left of the green as the ball catapulted off the hazard’s far-side incline and landed within 30 or so feet from the hole.Sours launched a drive that landed squarely on the green. He followed with a long putt from maybe 30 feet out, but missed a gimme putt from 2 to 3 feet away.Whiting followed by two-putting his way to the tourney win. He said he enjoyed the pressure situation.”It doesn’t bug me,” he said. “It’s kind of fun.”
His former high school rival didn’t sweat the loss.”I’ve had a lot of playoffs,” Sours noted. “I just played terrible. This was one of my worse rounds.”In other boys play Monday, Kyler Smith shot a nine-hole round of 53 and then edged Peter Shearer in a playoff to capture the 10-12 title. Cooper Cornelius also required a playoff to win the three-hole 9-and-under boys title.Luke Buss drained the day’s only hole-in-one, taking aim at the 150-yard third hole with a 5-wood.
Glenwood Springs High School senior Maggee Becker, doing her best to keep her golf game active during the summer, won the girls 16-18 title by shooting a 93 on Monday. She said the Soda Pop Open served more as a chance to work on her game, and to implement some of what she’s been working on during summer lessons.”It’s not very serious,” she said. “It’s just August and the season doesn’t start until March. You just kind of go out there and see what you need to work on.”Winning the 13-15 girls title with a nine-hole score of 59 was Brittaney Cole.Taylor Walters shot a 50 (nine holes) to take the girls 10-12 title. The 12-year-old from Rifle has been playing junior league golf at Rifle Creek since the age of 6. Like her dad Roger Walters, the boys basketball coach at Roaring Fork High School and an avid golfer, Taylor likes to compete.”I like that you can go out there and have fun,” she said. “You play your best to try to beat your best score and be serious about how you’re playing.”Her sister, Elly, took third in the 9-and-under girls competition, which was won by Cheyanne Williams, who shot a 31.
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