Montrose’s Kyne tied for fourth in Windsor
WINDSOR — Kolten Kyne’s name sat on its own Monday, above all the others on the leader board. At least for a while.
Kyne, a Montrose High School senior, knew that before too long a few other names would eclipse him at the top of the Class 4A state boys golf championship, but it was cool nonetheless to be the leader in the clubhouse for about an hour.
Kyne’s 2-under-par 70 has him tied for fourth place after the first round of the two-day tournament. Valor Christian’s Wyndham Clark blistered the 6,566-yard Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club with an 8-under 64. Silver Creek teammates Jack Adolfson and Dylan Wonnacott each fired 68s and are in second.
Palisade’s Kyler Smith is tied for 21st after a roller-coaster 4-over 76 in the first round.
Kyne, who hoped to shoot 4-under in the first round, started on the tougher back nine and finished it at even par. After the turn, he knew he could go low and wasted little time.
Birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 pushed him to 3-under. On the eighth hole, his 17th, he missed a birdie chance, then bogeyed 9, but he felt no reason to convey any despair afterward.
“I played pretty well, just needed a few more putts, then I’d be really happy,” he said.
“I’m still happy with how I played,” Kyne said.
Before Kyne turned in his scorecard, he had heard Clark, the tournament favorite, was on fire and 6-under through nine holes.
When asked if 4-under would again be the number for which he aims in the second round, Kyne deferred his answer until he knew Clark’s finish, but then qualified it.
“If I can shoot around 6-under for the tournament, I’ll be really happy,” he said.
A two-time veteran of the 3A tournament with Ridgway, which dropped golf this year, Kyne will be able to keep somewhat close tabs on Clark. Kyne tees off 10:18 a.m. today in the second-to-last group, one in front of Clark.
“I’ll still give it my best shot,” Kyne said.
Smith, a junior who won the Western Regional with a 72, ran into trouble after making the turn. Like Kyne, he started on the back side and managed it well with a 1-over 37.
“The next three holes, it’s like it just all disappeared,” said Smith, whose bogeys at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 dropped him to 4-over.
He rebounded by sandwiching birdies at 5 and 8 around bogeys at 6 and 7.
“I’ve still got one more day to pick up a few shots, which is possible out here,” Smith said. “I didn’t play that great. I putted really well, which saved me a lot.”
Rifle’s Triston Quigley shot an 8-over-par 79 and is 12 shots behind Alexander Dawson’s Cole Nygren in the Class 3A state championships at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison.
Quigley is tied for 22nd with five others, including Basalt’s Tristan Rohrbaugh.
Rifle’s Ty Carson shot 82, and Danny Bartels and Jacob Withee each carded 83.