Montrose’s Kyne finishes 5th at 4A state golf tourney
WINDSOR — Had Montrose High School’s Kolten Kyne known going into the Class 4A state boys golf championship that he’d finish 2-under par and in fifth place, he would have been pleased.
Given that he started the second round tied for fourth, Kyne, however, had difficulty hiding his disappointment with Tuesday’s second round at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club.
“Wasn’t my day,” Kyne said. “Didn’t have my best game. Just had to grind out what I could.”
Kyne produced an even-par 72 in the second round, which resulted in a 2-under 142, tied for fifth place for the tournament. Kyne, a senior, was unable to gather the same momentum he had in the first round, counteracting four birdies with four bogeys.
The player Kyne had hoped to chase in the second round — Valor Christian’s Wyndham Clark — didn’t give Kyne or the field much of a chance to chase.
Clark fired a 64 for the second day in a row to win the event at 16-under 128, eight shots clear of Silver Creek’s Jack Adolfson’s 8-under 136. Silver Creek’s Dylan Wonnacott placed third at 7-under 137.
Silver Creek claimed top team honors at 12-under 420, five shots better than Valor Christian.
Kyne twice reached 4-under for the tournament. A birdie at the sixth hole was his third in a row, but a bogey on the seventh dropped him back. On the 386-yard 10th hole, Kyne rolled in a lengthy birdie putt to again reach for 4-under but missed a birdie chance on the par-5 11th before dropping shots at the 13th and 18th.
“Considering what happened (in the first round), I should have done a lot better,” Kyne said. “It’s not too bad, but it’s not what it could have been.”
Palisade’s Kyler Smith put together another up-and-down round, but it earned him a tie for 17th. His 3-over 75 put him at 7-over 151 for the tournament. In the second round, he completed his first nine holes at 2-under.
“I was feeling real good,” he said.
The highlight of his round came on the ninth hole when he holed out from a green-side bunker.
“Once it left the club and I saw it, I had a feeling it was just perfect,” Smith said.
Unfortunately for Smith, he lost his rhythm coming down the stretch. He followed a bogey at No. 14 with a par, but closed bogey, double-bogey then bogey.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “It’s just like no lucky breaks at all.”
A lightning delay at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison slowed play, but Kent Denver’s Ethan Freeman didn’t let that bother him, shooting 5-under-par 66 to win the championship with a 6-under 136.
Cole Nygren of Alexander Dawson shot 1-under 70 to finish second at 137. Jake Ice of Eaton shot even-par 71 for third place at 141.
Aspen’s Jesse Beetham finished fifth at 146, shooting 72 on Tuesday, and teammate Ryan Smith tied for sixth with a 148.
Basalt’s Dylan Rakowski tied for 10th at 151, Tristan Rohrbaugh of Basalt tied for 12th at 152 and Aspen’s Clayton Crawford and Rifle’s Triston Quigley tied for 17th at 155.
Aspen finished second in the team standings at 444, with Kent Denver winning the title with a 428. Rifle finished eighth at 487.