Two more to state golf
Lightning did strike twice (or once).
There was no agonizing wait for Vail Mountain’s Christian Bohren and Vail Mountain’s Robby Bowles. Having earned spots as the first and second alternates, respectively, at Tuesday’s regional tournament in Rifle, the golfers got their official invite to state Thursday, according to CHSAA.
For Bowles, this is the second year in a row he’s made state via the alternate path. This is Bohren’s first appearance.
And so Eagle County will be sending seven golfers – Tanner Coulter (Eagle Valley), Andrew Sady and Brady McDonald (Battle Mountain), Harrison Alonzo (VMS) and Cooper Gould (Vail Christian) were already in – to state Oct. 3-4, easily the biggest contingent from this part of the state.
“How bout them apples,” Vail Christian coach Jeremy Lowe said.
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The buzz started Wednesday night.
“Actually my friend Cooper Gould texted me that Robby was in and it was the same for me,” Bohren said.
That chat became official when CHSAA.org issued its qualifying list online Thursday.
“I think I played pretty average (at regionals),” Bohren said. “I was happy to get first alternate, but I didn’t know what to think. It was kind of a waiting game, but I didn’t have too wait to long.”
Vail Christian has a little practice at this. Bowles was the second alternate for state after last year’s regional tournament, and eventually got the state call. This makes it back-to-back for Bowles.
“I know. I just can’t get past that,” Bowles joked. “I felt bad about my score (89). I just couldn’t putt. I felt I had a pretty good chance of making it because I was second alternate last year.”
“At the tournament, I was saying, ‘You’ve got to get an 86,'” Lowe said. “Robby felt pretty good about his 89. Sure enough, I got a hardy ‘I told you so’ at the beginning of practice today.
“We just so thankful other spots opened up. It’s good for Christian too. He had a really good round (at regionals) as well.”
Class 4A Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley are off to Pelican Lakes in Windsor, while 3A Vail Christian and VMS bundle up for Dos Rios in Gunnison.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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