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Midway through season, SHS golf hopes to pick up steam

Janice Kurbjun
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With a few exceptions, Summit High School golf played more like coach Gary Sorensen hopes and expects at the midway point in the competitive season.

The golf season starts early and ends early, kicking off with play at Battlement Mesa Golf Club in Parachute on Aug. 9and most recently had players rallying for a three-day stretch out west at Lakota Canyon Ranch and Golf Club in New Castle before heading back east to play two days in the Eagle Valley at Gypsum Creek and Eagle-Vail golf clubs.

Gypsum Creek saw the team finish seventh out of 8 – the same results from the day before at Eagle-Vail Golf Club. Sorensen said it was basically the same teams in the same order for all the events this week.

“Our team total, 258, was only six strokes off our season low at Lakota Canyon,” Sorensen wrote in an email. At par-72 Lakota Canyon, the team finished in the top five, with Dave Metzger and Nick Wittrock tying for fifth place in the individual top 10 rankings.

Summit’s players are shooting in the 80-90 range on these courses, but it’s not enough to beat Aspen’s, Steamboat’s and Vail’s top players, who are shooting in the 73-76 range.

“The team is anxiously awaiting the return of our number one player, Dylan Mitchell, who’s play in the Colorado State Amateur last week generated an invitation to play in an American Junior Golf Association tournament at Robinson Ranch in California this week,” Sorensen wrote in an email. “His return would reduce our team scores by 15-18 strokes, lifting us to second or third status in the events we have played so far.”

There’s a break in tournaments next week when school starts. The team returns to play on Monday, Aug. 27 at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.

“A week of practice will help,” Sorensen said.


Gypsum Creek

Thursday scores

> Team scores:



Vail Christian-139;


Vail Mtn School-251;

Battle Mountain-254;

Summit-258; and

Eagle Valley-273.

> Summit individuals:

Mike Magnuson-92

Dave Metzger-82

(10th overall)

Nick Wittrock-87

Jack Bilenduke-89

Claire MacMurray-94

(Career low; making progress)


Remaining golf schedule

> 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 27

Redlands Mesa (Fruita)

> 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4

Vail (Vail Mountain School)

> 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6

Keystone Ranch Invitational

> 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13

Haymaker (Steamboat)

> Tuesday, Sept. 18

Regional Tournament, Cortez

> Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2

State Tournament

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