GJ’s Olkowski wins first prep tourney
Freshman Trevor Olkowski got hot down the stretch as he won his first high school boys golf tournament and helped Grand Junction win the team title Wednesday in the nine-team Moffat County Invitational.
Olkowski was six strokes over par with six holes to go at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, then shot 2 under the rest of the way to finish with 76 strokes and a three-shot victory.
“Trevor stepped it up and played well,” Grand Junction coach Tom LeFebre said. “I think it says a lot about the resiliency of a freshman to be struggling early on like he was and be able to turn it around.”
The Tigers took the team title by one stroke over Steamboat Springs, and their Nos. 4 and 5 players, Ben Volkmann and Richie Wise, delivered the scores Grand Junction needed in addition to Olkowski’s.
Wise tied for second place with a 79, and Volkmann tied for 10th with an 82, giving the Tigers 237 strokes.
“Those are two kids who sometimes get overlooked, fly under the radar compared to the other guys,” LeFebre said. “What I like about them is they don’t give up. ... It says a little bit about the depth we have. Those guys are working hard as well, and it’s good to see them get some success for their hard work.”
Palisade finished third with 240 strokes as their three scorers — Skyler Miller, Jeremiah Hughes and Trevor Alberts — each shot an 80, tying for sixth place individually.
The team score was Palisade’s lowest this season, leading Palisade coach Jan Norell to say, “It was a good day for us.”
Alberts’ 80 was the best round posted by a third scorer for the Bulldogs this season.
“Trevor’s been working hard, and he played smart golf today,” Norell said.
Home cooking is working for Montrose as the Indians won a tournament on a Montrose-area course for the second straight day.
Led by Riley Willis, who tied for second place individually with a 76, Montrose finished with 233 strokes to win the seven-team tournament by three strokes at The Bridges Golf and Country Club.
Tuesday at Black Canyon Golf Course, the host Indians won the Black Canyon Invitational by one stroke with a 224.
Tanner Creel added a 78, and Zane Sauer carded a 79 to help Montrose hold off Durango, which finished second Wednesday with 236 strokes.
Rifle finished third with a 240, led by Ty Caron, who shot a 76.
Montezuma-Cortez’s Hayden Plewe was the meet medalist with a 74.