Berg, Wildcats win Central Invitational
Will Berg figured he might as well go for it.
The Fruita Monument High School junior golfer looked at the situation Tuesday at Tiara Rado Golf Course like he had nothing to lose, so he pulled out the driver and launched the ball a little more than 300 yards. He was able to finish the first hole of a playoff with a birdie to defeat teammate Joey Saad for medalist honors in the Central Invitational. Saad parred the hole.
“We both played well,” Berg said. “He hit his tee shot on the fairway, so I thought I hit my driver well last time and I might as well hit it again and go for it. I hit it good, I didn’t hit a great chip shot, but I made a good putt.”
Both players shot a two-under-par 69 to tie for first.
Brady McDonald of Battle Mountain was third with a 75. Fruita’s Michael Harris, Grand Junction’s Garrett Fante and Garrett Harrison, Central’s Preston Grandbouche and two Steamboat golfers tied for fourth with a 78.
The Wildcats had a team score of 216 to win the team title. Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs tied for second with 235. Grand Junction was fourth with 239, Central took fifth with 246 and Palisade was seventh with 248.
Berg may have won the individual title, but Central’s Kyle Serrano had the shot of the tournament.
The junior made his first hole-in-one on the 94-yard, par 3 14th with a sand wedge.
“I wasn’t even confident going into that hole,” Serrano said. “I had no clue what I was going to hit. I pulled out a sand wedge. It was one of those things.
“I’ve always hated that hole. It’s right in between my clubs, I never know what to hit. I went a club up and did a half swing. It worked out I guess.”
It was the highlight to a rough day for Serrano, who scored an 81.Serrano was playing with Berg, Garrett Fante of Grand Junction and Andrew Firestone of Steamboat Springs.
Basalt took advantage of some errors and held on for a 20-15 victory over Palisade in its home opener.
The Longhorns led 12-2 and were three outs away from winning by the run-rule when Palisade rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We’ve got some work to do,” Palisade coach Nicole Zuniga said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes, but once we get past them we’ll be a great team.”
Jenna Lucas was 4 for 5 with a double and two RBI for the Bulldogs (0-2). Shelby Rubalcaba was 3 for 3 with three RBI and struck out nine batters. Sierra Detwiler was 3 for 5 with two RBI.
Aspen challenged No. 3-ranked Grand Junction in several matches, but the Tigers answered, winning 7-0 at Grand Junction High School.
Spencer Weinberg had one of the toughest matches, but prevailed, defeating Bryan Mehall 6-4, 7-6 at No. 1 singles.
Weinberg broke Mehall’s serve late in the second set and had an opportunity to serve out the match, but Mehall forced a tiebraker.
Grand Junction No. 2 singles player Luke Ledebur had little trouble, rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Tate Hegstrom won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.