Durango’s second round sees 24-shot drop

DHS golf fifth at Black Canyon

That’s a bit more like it.

The Durango High School boys golf team had a better time of things on Day 2 of the 2012 season, cutting 24 strokes from Wednesday’s opening tournament to post a fifth-place 231 on Thursday at Black Canyon Golf Club in Montrose.

Freshman Corey Gillespie seemed more at ease in his second varsity round, dropping 14 strokes to shoot a team-low 76.

Trevor Bogus was one stroke behind with a 77. Bo Ward fired a 78, while freshman Eric Walker carded an 81. Max Ponce, the team’s lone senior, fired an 88.

“We were in the hunt (Thursday), got a lot closer, and the kids just played the way they normally do play,” DHS head coach Kirk Rawles said.

Rifle took home the team title Thursday with a 219, one stroke better than runner-up Fruita Monument, which boasted medalist Troy Dangler, who shot a 69. Montrose was third with 226, and Montezuma-Cortez was fourth with a 230.

Durango’s junior varsity had a solid day, as well, with freshman Cameron Barnhardt shooting an 80, fellow freshman Cy Spicer carding an 85 and junior Garrett Mulkey finishing with an 84.

“And even (Thursday), (all the players) will admit they left a few out there,” Rawles said. “I think with the second tournament of the year ... it just gives us a lot to build on for weeks to come.”

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