By Wayne Crick
With all the world recovering from a pandemic, high school sports found a way to kick off the 2020 fall sports season with Delta and Cedaredge high schools hosting their annual golf teams season openers.
Delta High School hosted 14 teams on Aug. 6 at the Devil’s Thumb Golf Club with a number of restrictions in place as mandated by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). Masks were worn in groups and in the clubhouse with caution on the course not to share personal items, including finding and handing a ball to a player who had lost a ball during play. Flagsticks could not be touched and there were no handshakes or fist-bumps between participants during play. Other than that, the Delta Invitational Golf Tournament fielded 14 teams for an 18-hole tournament.
Up in Cedaredge, on Aug. 7, 12 of the 16 originally registered teams played in the Cedaredge Invitational at the Cedaredge Golf Club.
Montrose High School won the Delta tournament with a team score of 228 with Grand Junction’s Carson Kerr earning individual honors for the day with his score of 71. Montrose’s Jordan Jennings finished second with a 72 followed by teammate Noah Richmond’s 74 and third place. Fruita’s Kade Hayward was fourth with a 75 and Central’s Zach Wilson and Fruita’s Josh Stouder tied for fifth with 76s.
Delta’s leading scorer for the day was Jack Loveland with an 89. Other first-match scores for Delta in 2020 were Brendan Baier (96), Cameron Lopez (102), Zach Kuta (113) and Evan Kappel (120). Also playing in the tournament were Landon Clay, Kyler Pietak, Nicholas Serve, Derek Boyd and John Hancock. The Panthers finished the tournament with a team score of 311.
The Cedaredge Bruins finished play with an unofficial 279 as a team. Brysen Harris shot an 83 to finish play as Cedaredge’s top individual scorer in the tournament. The remaining top five scorers for the Bruins were Trey Geyer (95), Isaac Blair (101), Kyler Parker (106) and Jacen Brown (113). Jaxson Blair, Colby Rupp, Hayden Rupp and Jasper Thomas played nine holes only.
In Cedaredge, 16 teams were originally signed up to play in the Bruin’s opening day golf tournament. Aspen won the team title with a score of 247 followed by Basalt (252), Montrose (262), Gunnison (275) and Buena Vista (289). The Bruins turned in a team score of 294. For the second day in a row, Harris was Cedaredge’s top individual player with his round of 91 and finished eighth overall. Completing the scoring for the Bruins in the tournament were Aspen Furubotten (99), Dylan Furubotten (104), Parker (107), Geyer (107), Brown (107) and Blair (123). Jaxson Blair, Colby Rupp, Hayden Rupp and Boyd played nine holes only.
Delta’s top scorer in Cedaredge was Baier with a 108. Other Panthers scoring in the tournament were Loveland (108), Kuta (121), Kappel (129) and Hancock (133). Playing nine holes as a junior varsity were Konner Workman, Landon and Logan Clay, Boyd and James Hofman.
Delta plays at Cobble Creek in Montrose on Aug. 13 and is at Black Canyon (Montrose) on Friday, Aug. 14. Cedaredge played Adobe Creek, in Fruita, on Monday, Aug. 10, and is in Montrose on Friday to play the Black Canyon course beginning at 9 a.m.
Next week’s schedule has Delta and Cedaredge playing at Basalt (River Valley Ranch) with a 10:30 a.m. starting time.