A little home cooking went a long way.
The Montrose High School golf team was playing the Class 4A state tournament on a course it was very familiar with, the Bridges Country Club in Montrose, and the results Tuesday were also very familiar: a state title.
For the third straight season, the Indians were holding the trophy as the top team in 4A, finishing the two-day tournament with a 5-over-par 431. Montrose's total was 35 shots better than Pueblo West, which finished second.
"It's scary playing on your home course because the kids know they have a good team and you have the added pressure (of playing at home)," Montrose coach Dave Woodruff said. "The kids did a good job of working through that pressure. The kids put the hammer down."
Montrose senior Micah Stangebye didn't feel any pressure playing on his home course, missing only three greens in the two rounds and carding only one bogey in shooting a two-round total of 9 under 133 to win his second straight 4A individual crown.
"I hit the ball really well," Stangebye said. "I honestly didn't putt that well, but when you are hitting the ball that well it's easy to score."
Stangebye carded a 4 under 67 in Monday's first round and followed with a 5 under 66 in the second round. Tuesday, Stangebye birdied three of the four par-5s and also had three straight birdies on Nos. 8-10.
Although he was excited to win his second consecutive individual championship, Stangebye was more thrilled by the team title.
"Winning the team title was bigger because I've been playing with these guys for a long time," he said. "Each of us made the other better."
Ryan Lords finished at 5 over and Jordan Jennings was at 9 over for the two days. Jennings' second round was highlighted by seven birdies.
"We had hundreds of fans out here watching us," Woodruff said. "The support from the community was unbelievable."
Palisade's Ethan Aubert also had a state tournament to remember.
The senior fired career-best 2-under-par 69 in Tuesday's second round to finish fifth. Aubert's two-day total was 3 over 145.
"It's how I wanted to finish my senior season," Aubert said. "I knew if I came in with a low round, I would finish in the top 10.
"I was really excited. I was special what happened today."
Aubert started off his second round with a bang, birdieing the first hole. His round could have been derailed by carding a double-bogey on the second, but he had a "short memory," and birdied the next three holes.
Also competing for Palisade was Logan Woll. The senior finished 76th with a two-round total of 47 over.
Central's Zach Wilson was 60th with a two-day score of 31 over.
At Pinehurst Country Club, Grand Junction's Carson Kerr followed up his first-round 76 with a 77 to finish tied for 20th. Arapahoe's Will Kates won the individual title with a 3-under-par 137.
Fruita Monument's Josh Stouder shot a 6 over par 76 in the second round to tie for 46th and teammate Kade Hayward tied for 70th after shooting an 82 on Tuesday.
At the Eisenhower Blue Course, Delta finished 13th as a team. The Panthers were led by Atley Harris, who shot an 83 in the second round and tied for 45th with a two-day total of 175.
Ben Cooper tied for 78th at 199 and Grant Freed tied for 81st at 207 for Delta.