Tee times are set for area preps
Before classes start and before any other sports even begin practice, the boys prep golf teams have already swung into action.Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Grand Valley had their tryouts earlier this week and will start the 2006 season today when they tee off in the Cardinal Invitational at Battlement Mesa Golf Course.Grand Valley will have 11 players out in its own tournament, three of whom are returning lettermen in Sam McKinley, Cowan Colton and Kaleb Bell. Returning coach Jeff Bradley is hoping the three can guide what he calls a “younger team.”
“We’ll go out (today) and get a feel for what we’ve got going for the rest of the season, but I’m anticipating three of our five to be pretty strong for the majority of the season,” Bradley said. “Hopefully our younger players can grow and advance to be competitive in the future.”Another young team hoping for low scores is Coal Ridge. Although the Titans will have freshmen, sophomores and juniors this season, a large chunk of the 20-member team is underclassmen. Second-year coach Scott Zevin is hoping that’s a good thing. “I think the level of competition will be higher because we have juniors now, but we will be looking for the freshmen to put pressure on those older players and make them fight to keep their spots,” Zevin said.
Twenty is quite an increase from 2005’s Titan team of 12 players. There are so many that Zevin will have two teams: the competitive team and practice squad. Zevin is ready to see what his competitive team can do today.”I’m hoping they’ll go out there with good attitudes and get in the mode of competition,” Zevin said.Glenwood and Rifle both bring back a lot of talent this year with returning veterans.
The Demons will be carried by seniors Tory Garling, Cody Nelson, Kevin Warkentin and Michael Stuebin. Juniors D.J. Pelland and Jason Whiting will also be back for the Demons. Michael Braklow, fresh off his win at Monday’s Soda Pop Open at Glenwood Springs Golf Club, will be joining the team as a freshman.Rifle also has a strong core of returners including Mike Sour and Shawn Cruse, who both carded impressive scores in tournaments throughout the summer. Brandon Forney, Matt Hubbell and Jonny Owens will be hoping to make an impact on the Bears in their senior years. With the departure of star A.J. Joiner, who is now playing for Southern Mountain Junior College in Phoenix, Ariz., Roaring Fork will be looking for returning and new players alike to step up. Hayden Walker and Ethan McVoy highlight the Rams’ senior class and Larry Williams will enter his second season as Roaring Fork’s head coach.
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