Mesa magic

Trio of golfers with ties
to CMU at top of CWA

Colorado Mesa’s Trevor McKune chips onto the eighth green at Bookcliff Country Club on Saturday during the second round of the Colorado West Amateur. McKune is tied with Mavericks teammate Grant Olinger for the lead.

Eric Winder of Grand Junction tees off on the eighth hole Saturday at Bookcliff Country Club in the championship flight of the Colorado West Amateur. The three-day tournament concludes today.

It’s shaping up as a battle of Mavericks for the tournament crown and bragging rights.

Three former or current Colorado Mesa golfers are all in contention to win the Major Mortgage Colorado West Amateur Championships after solid rounds in Day 2 of the tournament at Bookcliff Country Club on Saturday.

On a hot windy day, many golfers saw their scores soar and had trouble with the sun-baked greens, leaving many putts short.

But Trevor McKune did not. His 5-under-par 66 was the low round of the tournament and was one of five who scored par or better on the day.

He’s in a tie for the lead at 138 with CMU teammate Grant Olinger, who followed up his opening-round 68 with a 70.

“Off the tee, this course isn’t tough at all. Obviously with the wind, it can be a really brutal course, but in order to play well you have to putt well on these greens,” said McKune, who opened with a 72 on Friday. “Today, I just hit my greens and made most of my putts.”

Olinger was satisfied with his two solid rounds but was frustrated with how both rounds ended.

“I hit the ball really well and played very well but I’ve had two closing stretches that hurt me,” he said.

Olinger gave away a total of four strokes on his final two holes each day.

After seeing McKune’s name next to his on the leader board, Olinger said it should be a fun final round.

“That’s awesome, so that means I’ll be playing with him tomorrow. That will be fun,” he said.

Defending champ and recent CMU graduate Kyler Smith shot a 71 and is in third at 145.

After an opening-round 78, Chris Berg played himself into contention with a 68 and is now in a tie for fourth at 146.

Also in fourth is former winner Tristan Rohrbaugh from Basalt who plays for Boise State.

McKune was partnered with Smith, who is also his roommate at Colorado Mesa.

“We’re pretty competitive with each other but it’s fun, it’s cool to see the CMU guys win this,” McKune said.

The tournament always features some of the best golfers in the region and has six former champions in the field.

Smith said it’s a tough tournament to win multiple times because of the competition.

“I think it’s because when you do win, you have that target on your head and everybody else wants to beat you. There’s always going to be those guys who finished second or third and they think they can make up a couple of shots the next year,” he said.

Joey Saad shot a 1-under 70 and is in sixth at 147.

Grand Junction High School junior-to-be Canon Olkowski shot his second straight 75 and is in seventh at 150.

Even though he’s seven shots back, Smith isn’t giving up on his chances at a repeat.

“Last year, I played really well. This year I haven’t played as well and I kind of stumbled home,” he said. “When the wind is like this you always have a chance. Hopefully, I can go out and post a low round tomorrow.”


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