Olkowski brothers qualify for state golf tourney for Grand Junction
Grand Junction ran into a pair of quality boys golf teams and finished third at the Class 5A Central Region tournament on Tuesday
Playing at the City Park Golf Course in Denver, Highlands Ranch won the region with a three-player total of 217, 1-over par. Cherry Creek was second at 219 and Grand Junction finished 9-over at 225.
Canon Olkowski tied for third for Grand Junction, carding an eagle and four birdies in his 1-under 71.
Trevor Olkowski had his worst round of the season, a 74, and finished tied for sixth. It was the first time this season the senior had a round over par.
Kyle Peterson of Highlands Ranch won the regional title with a 68. Marcus Tait of Columbine was second at 70. Cherry Creek’s Grey Brewer and Eaglecrest’s David Bryant joined Canon Olkowski at 71.
The top two teams from each region qualify all four players for the state tournament.
The top 13 individuals not including players from Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek also qualified for state.
Grand Junction’s Blake Schneiter shot an 80 to place 22nd. He tied for the 14th individual placer in the tournament.
Both Highlands Ranch and Cherry Creek placed all four of their golfers in the top 12.
Last year, Trevor Olkowski tied for third at state.
The Class 5A state tournament will be Monday and Tuesday at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
Fruita Monument was cruising toward its second league win of the season, then it got close.
Playing at home, the Wildcats (8-5, 2-0 Southwestern League) saw its 2-0 lead vanish before hanging on to beat Montrose (6-3, 1-1) in five sets, 25-22, 25-18, 17-25, 24-26, 15-12.
Fruita coach Bob Richardson said errors hurt the Wildcats in the third and fourth sets.
“Most of these games are a test of toughness. Who’s going to hit and who’s going to tip,” he said. “Montrose is a good team, but we just made too many errors. It just takes the life and the momentum out of the game. If we can control our errors, especially the service errors, and believe in ourselves and take big swings, we’ll do better.”
Riley Snyder led the Wildcats with 21 kills and Sitori Carver added 12.
Carver had two big blocks in the final set.
Setter Truth Hafey had 44 assists and 14 digs. Libero MacKenzie Wells had 28 digs and Snyder added another 17 digs.
After starting the season 1-3, the Wildcats have gone 7-2 in their past nine games.
Jake Chaffetz and Sam Flynn each scored twice for Grand Junction in a 4-2 victory over Moffat County. It’s the ninth consecutive game without a loss for the Tigers (8-1-1).
Montrose 4, Central 1: The Indians (4-4, 1-2 SWL) scored three goals in the second half to pull away from the Warriors (0-7, 0-2).
Eagle Valley 3, Palisade 0: Three second-half goals carried the Devils (4-4, 4-1 4A Western Slope League) past the Bulldogs (0-7, 0-5).