Delta High School's golf team is getting into the swing of things as a new prep season gets underway. With golf season getting an early start in prep sports, many teams have already participated in a meet or two.
Delta took part in the Cedaredge Invitational on Aug. 11 and lifted eyebrows of plenty of teams by capturing the team title with a score of 226. Aspen's Skiers were a close second with their 228 and a 234 was third.
Delta's Logan Wood and Aspen's Lanese shared medalist honors with a third golfer to give the Panthers more feathers to stick in their caps.
The rest of Delta's team supported Wood's low score with some impressive efforts in the win. KC Carlson helped lead the way with his 75 while Cristian Hall and Blake Reiher carded scores of 79. Jaspar Carmichael finished with a 91 to complete Delta's winning scorecard.
Delta's junior varsity was led by Mason Garcia and his 87. Rowyn Carmichael had a 95, Kyle Mock a 96, Matthew Bohling a 97 and Darrien Rodriguez finished with 107 strokes.
On Aug. 12, the Panthers, according to head coach Ken Brown, "might have been a bit too relaxed after winning in Cedaredge," and finished third in the team race. Montrose won the team title with a 210 and Aspen bounced back to finish with a 222. The Panthers had a 239 for third with Basalt finishing with a 241 and Cortez a 248.
Medalist honors went to Montrose's Glen-Michael Mihavetz (68). Cortez's Christopher Rudosky shot a 70 with Montrose's Micah Stangebye (70) and Dawson Hussong completing tournament play with a 72.
Delta's top scorer was once again Logan Wood with a 76. Reiher was next with his 81 and Hall got an 82. Carlson finished with an 84 and Carmichael used 92 strokes to complete his day on the links.
In junior varsity play, Bohling had the top score for Delta with an 86. Rodriguez shot a 94, Mock had a 97, Garcia a 99, Rowyn Carmichael a 101, Ben Cooper a 129 and Grant Freed carded a 147.
Cedaredge's Bruins finished play in their own tournament with a 256. Jacob Lewis, an all-conference performer from last year, paced Cedaredge with a score of 83. Peter Carlson, a second all-conference athlete for the Bruins, signed his card, which had a score of 85.
The remainder of Cedaredge's scores included Duncan Campbell (88), Matt Smelser (97) and Nate Stumpf (117).
Scores, for the most part, were down for Bruin competitors at Friday's Delta meet, except for Carlson who stumbled at Devil's Thumb to finish with a 97.
Lewis was, again, the medalist for Cedaredge with his 82 and Smelser and Campbell were next with identical scores of 87. Stumpf finished play at the Delta course with a 116.
The Panthers were at Black Canyon (Montrose) on Tuesday (Aug.16) and play in Craig Aug. 22 and Steamboat Springs on Aug. 23.
Brown also wants to invite the community to play Glow Ball on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. For more information on that event, contact the Devil's Thumb Clubhouse at 874-6262.