I am clueless, but Knous is a man with a plan

I admit it. I am clueless in Durango.

I had the weekend off and expected to settle down and enjoy the U.S. Open on television. In years past, the Open was on one of the big three networks, but all I endured this year was ... not the U.S. Open. (While some of the PGA Tour major was on ESPN – the parts I missed – the other half was on NBC, which I also missed.)

Thank goodness for the USGA’s live streaming coverage on the Internet. It not only was great, but they had announcers who brought the game right into your living room. I only could imagine what the coverage would look like on a large flat screen television.

Navajo Trail Open

What a great weekend for the 51st edition of the Coca-Cola/Navajo Trail Open at Hillcrest Golf Club, and congratulations to the overall winner, Jim Knous, who made us very proud of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Kudos also go out to Fort Lewis College graduate Gavin Lyons, who was crowned low amateur.

It was a good weekend for RMAC golf.

Knous, a Colorado School of Mines alumnus, was the RMAC golfer of the year. He carried the lead after Day 1 of the 54-hole open, then came from behind on the final day – with his dad caddying for him on Father’s Day – to shoot a 9-under 204 for a two-stroke victory over Brad Besler and Kane Webber in the professional flight. It was Knous’ first pro tournament.

Championship Flight:

1. Lyons, low gross, 212.

2. Brian Grubbs, 221.

3. David Schroeder, 224.

1. Cory Gillespie, low net, 213.

2. Ryan Siggins, 220.

3. Mike Hannigan, 222.

First Flight:

1. Ken Palmer, low gross, 232.

2. Wade Whittington, 234.

T3. Craig Johnson, Troy Miske, Dick Goeden, 238.

T1. John Siegrist, Chris Thrower, Bill Balster, low net, 219.

Second Flight:

1. Ray Robinson, low gross, 240.

2. Mike Balster, 243.

3. Chris Compton, 244.

1. Brian Smith, low net, 210.

2. Jim Rodefer, 214.

3. Russ Pool, 217

Third Flight:

1. Ashton Hemphill, low gross, 256.

2. Lee Nelson, 259.

T3. Micah Mobley, Art Martinez, 260.

1. Jason Synder, low net, 210

2. Nathan Velasquez, 218.

T3. Russ Monell, Greg Ryan, Geoff Bennett, 219.

Fourth Flight:

1. Randy Smith, Steve Woolverton, low gross, 270.

2. Jack Duran, James Tutt, 277.

1. Jay LeBeau, low net, 214.

2. Dan Banovich II, 219.

3. Bob Herkenhoff, 220.

Regionally, all eyes will be focused on the annual San Juan Open, which plays through Sunday at the San Juan Country Club in Farmington. Many of the professionals who competed in the NTO will now will take their game to the SJO.

Locally, Dalton Ranch Golf Club is hosting the Columbine Classic Duet today and Thursday, the Calcutta on Friday and The Choker on Saturday. Hillcrest Golf Club will host The Walmart of Durango Yellow Ball Challenge on Saturday.

Dave Bray has covered the local golf scene for 31 years. He can be reached at dbray3751@gmail.com.

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