Gillespie leads the Demons at Delta

DHS boys golf fifth at the Devil’s Thumb

Freshman Cory Gillespie led the Durango High School boys golf team to a fifth-place finish Wednesday at the Delta Invitational at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club, the first of two consecutive days of golf on the road.

Gillespie shot a 1-over 73 to finish fifth individually behind medalist Cole Brenneke of Montrose (66).

“It’s a course where you could go out and shoot low,” DHS head coach Kirk Rawles said. The prep golfers played from the middle tees, he said.

“The par 5s were accessible; the par 3s were short,” he said.

“Cory never hit any of his putts,” Rawles said. Two short birdie putts and one short eagle putt just missed, he said.

“The greens, which had been aerated a week ago, were tricky to read. Had he gotten anything to fall, he would have been right there,” Rawles said.

The rest of the Demons:

Bo Ward, 79.

Trevor Bogus, 80.

Eric Walker, 82.

Garrett Muley, 84.

Cameron Barnhardt shot a 79 on the par-72 Devil’s Thumb golf course for the Durango junior varsity team.

Montrose won the team title with a 214, one better than Basalt.

Rifle was third (221).

Montezuma-Cortez finished fourth (229).

DHS was fifth (232).

Gillespie’s round will give confidence to the young golfer, his coach said.

“He’s just a freshman, and he’s realizing some of his potential,” Rawles said.

The Demons will move to the Cobble Creek Golf Course today for the Montrose Invitational.

“Cobble Creek will host state this year,” Rawles said of the CHSAA Class 4A Boys Golf State Championships the middle of September. “We want to play well and come back and play there at state.”

Barnhardt, after he shot his first round in the 70s on Wednesday, will move up from the JV squad to play with the varsity today, Rawles said.