GJ’s Schneiter finishes 2nd at Warrior Invite

Grand Junction’s Blake Schneiter chips onto the green on the seventh hole at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Tuesday during the Warrior Invitational. Schneiter shot a two-under-par 69 to finish second.

For the second straight day, a Montrose golfer was battling a Grand Junction golfer down the stretch.

Although Micah Stangebye was again in the middle of the battle for Montrose, there was a different Grand Junction player going for first place.

Blake Schneiter put together an excellent round right from the start to shoot 69 for the Tigers. But Stangebye was one shot better to claim the Warrior Invitational title at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Tuesday.

“Blake has really come on this year,” Grand Junction coach Tom LeFebre said.

It was Schneiter’s second under par at a tournament this season.

“Today, I was striking the ball really well, my wedges were amazing and that gave me a lot of birdie chances,” he said. “But I missed some putts and I still left a lot of strokes out there besides that, it was a really great round.”

Stangebye’s win came on the heels of a second-place finish at the Tiger Invitational on Monday at Bookcliff Country Club. The Montrose sophomore shot a 67 at Bookcliff but lost in a two-hole playoff to Grand Junction’s Canon Olkowski.

At Tiara Rado, there’s was a three-way tie for third place at even par, including Fruita Monument’s Blake Andersen.

Olkowski shot 1-over and tied for sixth.

Andersen had a steady round and made all three of his birdies on the front nine.

Both Schneiter and Stangebye started the day on No. 1 and both birdied the second hole.

At the turn, Schneiter was 2-under after draining a birdie on No. 5.

The Grand Junction senior was solid all day and only had one bogey, but Stangebye was just a little better.

After going 1-under on the front nine, Stangebye had four birdies to go along with two bogeys on the back nine.

His birdie on 18 turned out to be the difference.

After hovering in the mid-70s to low 80s in many tournaments, Schneiter said this season has been a turning point in his game.

“I really turned a corner, I think it was a big stride for me this season,” he said.

He’s now focused on preparing for regionals coming up in a couple of weeks.

“We have four more tournaments, and coach says that means four more practice rounds to get ready for regionals, and I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.

In the team competition, Montrose finished with a 2-over-par 215 in claim first.

Aspen was second at 219, followed by Grand Junction at 222 and Fruita Monument at 232.

The two back-to-back tournaments also determined the Southwestern League champion for Montrose, Grand Junction, Fruita Monument, Central and Durango.

Stangebye won the individual SWL title with a two-day total of 135.

Olkowski was second with a 139 with Andersen and Schneiter in a tie for third at 145.

The Indians also won the SWL team title at 434. Grand Junction was second at 447 followed by Fruita Monument at 467.


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