Montrose golfer wants to earn a scholarship
By KENT MINCER
Drew Trujillo’s goal during the high school boys golf this fall is simple.
The Montrose High School senior would like to impress a college coach or two well enough to earn a scholarship next year.
If Monday’s first tournament of the Western Slope boys prep season was any indication, he should draw some attention.
Trujillo shot a 1-over-par 72 at Bookcliff Country Club to win the Tiger Invitational.
Trujillo played a practice round at the course last week with his father and a friend.
“I learned what club to hit off the tee (and to) keep it in the fairway,” he said.
“I birdied the second hole and just played steady after that,” he said of Monday’s round that included 15 pars and two bogeys.
Trujillo spent much of the first half of the summer playing baseball.
“I played in four or five (golf) tournaments,” he said.
Among those tournaments was a tie for 11th place in a college combine tournament in Beaumont, Calif.
Monday, Trujillo edged Cameron Brown of Battle Mountain and Chad McClanahan of Durango by one shot to win individual medalist honors. Trujillo’s score also helped Montrose finish second in the team race. Durango, which scored a 226, edged the Indians by one shot.
With a solid start, Trujillo has set a simple goal for the remainder of the high school season.
“I just want to win some tournaments,” he said, thereby boosting his stock among college coaches.
The host team in Monday’s tournament, Grand Junction, took third with a 231.
Senior Mark Stern, a Class 5A state tournament qualifier last year, leads the way for the Tigers this season. Stern shot a 75 on Monday, finishing fifth.
Joining Stern on the Tigers’ varsity are Alex Wise and Cody Holman. Five other golfers — Paul Harmon, Bob Fenske, Garrett Harrison, Garrett Fante and Logan Bell — should be in the hunt for the final two varsity berths during the regular season.
Fruita Monument, which took seventh with a 241, will be a young team. Joey Saad, a sophomore who played varsity last season, emerged from tryouts as the Wildcats’ No. 1 player.
Freshman Will Berg also made an impact during tryouts. Varsity veterans Brian Espeland, Ryan Keeler and Ethan Grider fill out the lineup, with Ryan Blair and Jeff Cunningham also challenging for varsity time.
Palisade shot a 266 on Monday to finish 15th.
Kyler Smith shot 79 to lead the Bulldogs. He finished tryouts as the team’s top player.
Matt Jones, Ben Laro, Tyler Day and Kyler Avrett round out Palisade’s varsity.
Central placed 17th on Monday with a 275, Chad Johnson leading the way with an 89.
Lanny Baker, Michael Class, Aaron Reece and Tayler Haynie took the remaining varsity spots on Monday but will be pressed for by Spencer Hickes, DJ Sandoval and Nick Harvey.
In addition to marking the opening of the prep golf season, Monday was also the first official day of practice for the other six fall sports.
Athletes in cross country, football, softball, boys soccer, boys tennis and volleyball began their first day of workouts and tryouts.