Demons take the first fall swings

DHS boys golf team finishes 7th in its 2012 season debut

The Durango High School boys golf team took the first swings of the 2012 fall season.

“They didn’t play their best (Wednesday),” Demons’ head coach Kirk Rawles said.

Then again, The Bridges at Montrose, loaded with water features, isn’t the easiest course for a young team to wet its feet.

DHS shot a 255 to finish in seventh place.

“It’s a course a lot of players hadn’t seen before,” Rawles said. “It can play a little funky.”

Fruita Monument won the season opener with 227 strokes, one better than host Montrose.

Montezuma-Cortez finished third at 231.

Cole Brennecke helped Montrose to its runner-up result with a medalist 72. He aced the 12th hole, too.

Bo Ward shot a DHS-best 80, then was followed by Max Ponce (85), Trevor Bogus (90), Corey Gillespie (90) and Eric Walker (94). Ward and Bogus are juniors. Ponce is the team’s only senior. Gillespie and Walker both are freshmen.

“New faces, new names,” Rawles said. “It’s going to be fun to see them develop throughout the year.”

Durango’s varsity actually was outplayed by the junior varsity.

DHS freshman Cameron Barnhardt shot an 82, and fellow freshman Cy Spicer followed with an 86. DHS junior JV player Garrett Mulkey also shot an 86.

“Trevor and Corey didn’t play nearly as well as they can,” Rawles said. “I fully expect those two to bounce back nicely (today).

“Black Canyon is a little more forgiving.”

Rawles said Ward’s 80 came with a quadruple bogey – “other than that, he played really well,” the coach said.

DHS will play Black Canyon at Montrose at 9 a.m. today, then will be off until the Demons tee off at Conquistador in Cortez next Wednesday.