GJ’s Trevor Olkowski wins Colorado Junior Tour Championship
Trevor Olkowski might have struggled, by his lofty standards, after he finished ninth at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament, but he bounced back in a big way last weekend at the Colorado Junior Tour Championship.
The Grand Junction High School senior took one week away from golf, then won one of the most prestigious junior events in the region by shooting a 5-under-par 139 at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. The two-day tournament took place Saturday and Sunday.
“Right before the state tournament I was playing so much golf,” Olkowski said. “I feel like I was almost playing too much golf and needed a little bit of a break. I took a week off and played in this and got my timing back, my feel back.”
The Colorado Junior Tour Championship, one of four major events hosted by the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, was played at a course that has hosted three U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. Olkowski, who is committed to play golf with the University of Colorado, said it’s a rare opportunity to play at a course of that caliber and the course layout was outstanding even though it was under renovation. Olkowski added that the greens at Cherry Hills were recently aerated, making putting a challenge for all players.
“The experience was awesome just because it’s a course you’ll never get to play very often, or sometimes even once, in your lifetime,” Olkowski said. “But it was a really good experience even though some of the bunkers weren’t in play because of construction and the greens were recently punched so putts weren’t really rolling on their lines. But it’s still an amazing course to be playing at for something like this.”
The Colorado Junior Tour Championship essentially takes the top high school-aged golfers in Colorado, regardless of Colorado High School Activities Association classification, and brings them together for a state tournament after the high school state tournament. The top 40 boys and 20 girls from across the state are invited. Charlotte Hillary, a 14-year-old from Englewood, won the girls tournament. Jaclyn Murray, a former Grand Junction resident who now plays for Regis Jesuit, finished tied for fifth.
For the boys, Canon Olkowski, Trevor’s younger brother, finished fifth by shooting even par. Montrose’s Glen-Michael Mihavetz tied for ninth after shooting a 1-under 71 on the second day and Jordan Jennings, a 14-year-old from Montrose, finished 39th with a two-day total of 168.
The older Olkowski said he played the tournament loose and the break from golf did him some good.
“I’m proud of it, yeah, and it’s really something I did all summer,” Olkowski said. “It was a good to get back to what I was doing during the regular season. Good to get back to the basics.
“Everyone was having a hard time putting with the greens, so I wasn’t putting great, but my driver was good and my irons were good and I got a lot of greens in regulation because of that.”