Tigers’ Gibson roars back, ties for tourney title
Greg Gibson overcame a bad first hole to fire a 73 to tie for first place in the Durango Invitational boys golf tournament Monday at Hillcrest Golf Course.
Gibson said he triple-bogeyed hole No. 1, but the sophomore didn’t let that ruin his round as he shot 1-under-par on the remaining 17 holes, including 2-under on the back nine as he consistently hit fairways and greens.
“I just kind of told myself to put my head down and battle it off,” he said.
He said there were birdies to be had on the course, and while he managed just two, “I had a ton of really good birdie looks.”
Monday’s score comes on the heels of a 76 he shot last week for the low score on the Tigers’ squad.
“My mechanics and artistic-ness are kind of coming together at the right time,” Gibson said, explaining artistic-ness with: “I can picture my shots a little better now.”
Fruita Monument and Montrose tied for second in the team standings at 233 strokes, six back of winner Cortez.
Troy Dangler and Will Berg shot 74 and 75, respectively, for Fruita Monument, while Zane Sauer matched Berg’s score to pace Montrose.
Fruita coach Dave Fox said Dangler, a freshman, switched to a belly putter Monday and did well with it. Dangler had been struggling after winning a couple of tournament’s earlier in the season.
Berg, a senior, was able to ward off the damage of three double-bogeys by carding six birdies, Fox said.
Central High School swept the three singles matches in dominant fashion, dropping only six games, and defeated Montrose 5-2 in boys tennis Monday.
Montrose won the top two doubles flights, but Central took it to three sets at No. 1 doubles.