Montrose dominates to win Black Canyon Invite

Central’s Jordan Eller watches the flight of her chip shot to the green on the 15th hole Thursday at Black Canyon Golf Club in Montrose during the Black Canyon Invitational. Eller finished outside the top 10 in the tournament, which was won by Montrose’s Kala Keltz.

Montrose’s Kala Keltz hits her tee shot on the 14th hole at Black Canyon Golf Club on Thursday during the Black Canyon Invitational. Keltz shot a 77 to win medalist honors and the Indians won the team title.

One day after winning by 30 strokes, the Montrose High School girls golf team was at it again, winning the nine-team Black Canyon Invitational by 26 strokes Thursday.

Kala Keltz led four Indians who placed in the top six, firing a medalist-winning 77 to outpace runner-up Taylor Walters of Rifle by four strokes. In the meet at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club in Delta on Wednesday, Walters was the medalist with a 73, two strokes better than Keltz.

“I’m really happy with the way Kala’s playing,” Montrose assistant coach Dave Woodruff said. “She was over in Denver playing basketball Saturday night (for the Indians in a Class 4A state quarterfinal). She got off the bus on Sunday and went to the golf course, practicing.”

Chelsea Peterson finished third for Montrose with an 86 on Thursday, and teammates Madison Gill and Justine Johnson were in a three-way tie for sixth place at 90.

Palisade had one golfer crack the top 10 as Kate Shuman finished fourth with an 88. Central’s lone entrant in the top 10 was Sam Medina, who shot a 91 to finish ninth.

Joining Walters in the top 10 for Rifle was Alyx Carter, who was 10th with a 92.

Although Montrose opened the season with wins in both of its tournaments, Woodruff said there’s room for improvement.

“It’s early in the season, and you’re not going to have your game all sharp, like chipping and putting,” he said.

Central finished third as a team at 280, and Warriors coach Casey Doss said of the score, “That’s not where we wanted to be.”

He said his team has three players he thinks can shoot in the mid-80s. Preventing that Thursday was putting, as Doss said the number of putts his players averaged was in the mid-30s.

“That’s just something you look at and say, ‘That’s where we can get better,’ ” Doss said. “Our goal is to shoot mid-80s, and knocking 10 strokes off (Thursday’s scores) is not out of the realm of possibilities.”

Girls tennis

Grand Junction swept the singles and split the doubles matches as it defeated Dakota Ridge 5-2 in a nonleague girls tennis dual Thursday.

Anne Hughes rebounded after dropping the first set to triumph at No. 1 singles and Carolena Campos and Sierra Filutze won their matches in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

The Tigers (1-1) got wins in doubles from Morgan Mantlo and Kiana Ziola at No. 1 and Tawni Tubbs and Mariah Prinster at No. 4.


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