Palisade’s Smith going to state golf tourney after regional win

The Class 4A Western Regional golf tournament couldn’t have been conducted at a better course.

At least for Palisade High School’s Kyler Smith.

The junior won the regional title Tuesday at Rifle Creek Golf Course with an even-par 72 to qualify for the Class 4A state championships in two weeks.

“He played really well,” Palisade coach Jan Norell said. “His grandparents live in Rifle, so he’s had opportunities to play that course often. He was on a mission.”

Montezuma-Cortez qualified its entire team, winning the regional team title with a score of 230. Montrose took fourth with 246, Palisade was fifth with 252 and Delta placed ninth with 277.

Smith won the individual regional title by four strokes over the next lowest scorer, but was the only Bulldog to qualify for state. This is the second consecutive year Smith qualified for state.

Montrose’s Kolton Kyne won a playoff to earn one of the final two individual qualifying spots. Teammate Owen Parker missed the playoff for the last two spots by one stroke.

Class 3A

Rifle’s Danny Bartels shot 77 to win the Class 3A Western Regional title at Rifle Creek Golf Course and qualify for state.

He will be joined by teammates Ty Caron, Jacob Whitee and Triston Quigley. Caron placed third with 80, Whitee was sixth with 82 and Quigley was seventh with 84.

Aspen won the regional team title with a score of 227 to qualify for state. Rifle took second with 239. Cedaredge shot 298, Grand Valley scored 320 and Meeker shot 379.

James Ledonne led Cedaredge with 95. Grand Valley’s Doug Mikesell shot 96 and Meeker’s Trey Morris scored 90.

The top team and top nine individuals not on the top team qualify for state out of the Western Regional in Class 3A and 4A.


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