GJ freshman Olkowski wins SWL golf crown
Grand Junction freshman Trevor Olkowski won a two-hole playoff Tuesday to claim the medalist honor in the two-day Durango Invitational, which also counted as the Southwestern League Championship.
In turn, Grand Junction won the team title, edging Durango.
Olkowski fired rounds of 73 on Monday at Hillcrest Golf Club and 75 on Tuesday and Dalton Ranch Golf Club to card a 148. Montezuma-Cortez senior Jakob Rudosky matched that total, forcing a playoff, and after both golfers parred hole No. 1, Olkowski parred No. 2, and Rudosky bogeyed the par-3 hole.
Olkowski said the league title “means a lot because they’re all such good players,” referring to the likes of Rudosky, his Tigers teammate Donny Kinnaman, Fruita Monument’s Troy Dangler, Montrose’s Riley Willis, plus others.
“I had expectations for myself,” he said of his first season of high school golf. “I knew I had ability. I just needed to do it on the course.”
Olkowski played smart Tuesday. A steady rain fell during much of the round, and rather than risk trouble with his driver, he left the big club in the bag for all but two holes. Instead, it was irons off the tee, which kept him in the fairway and hitting greens in regulation.
The playoff showdown with Rudosky was his first playoff, but Olkowski said, “I was excited. I wasn’t nervous at all. ... I stuck to what I was doing all day.”
The Tigers finished with 464 strokes, four better than Durango.
Fruita Monument finished third at 474, led by Dangler, who finished third individually with a two-day total of 151.
Kinnaman was fourth at 152.
Grand Junction coach Tom LeFebre said the wet weather can get in a player’s head, so the Tigers’ challenge was to make the best of the bad situation.
“Today’s round is the kind that tests your mental toughness,” LeFebre said. “We were not concerned about the score so much as going out and playing the best we can and winning.”
Central scored the first goal of each half, but Montrose countered with the next three each half en route to a 6-2 win.
Cesar Matias-Mora and Christian Ambriz had the Warriors’ goals, with Matt Miller assisting on both.
Montrose swept Central 25-18, 25-3, 25-19 in a Southwestern League match.
Taylor Head led Central (2-4, 0-1 SWL) with 13 kills, and Rayleigh Norton had 21 assists.
Lily Lockhart gave up two runs, but didn’t allow a hit to pitch Delta to a 12-2 victory over Eagle Valley. Lockhart issued seven walks and hit one batter in five innings.
Megan Sandoval was 2 for 4 with four RBI, and Brianna Music was 2 for 2 with three RBI for the Panthers (8-2).