Youth rallies around Ward

DHS boys golf team cobbles together a 5th

Another top-five finish, and another freshman stepping up to fill an important spot on the varsity roster.

Cameron Barnhardt played his first varsity round of boys golf for Durango High School, then carded his second consecutive round in the 70s.

One day previous at Devil’s Thumb in Delta, it was fellow freshman Cory Gillespie carding a team-high 73; Barnhardt followed his lead Thursday at Cobble Creek Golf Course with a 77.

“Moved up, and he stepped up,” DHS coach Kirk Rawles said.

Bo Ward, however, a DHS junior, shot a team-best 76, one stroke better than the underclassman. Gillespie shot a 79 to round out the Demons’ fifth-place 232.

Montrose won the meet with 216 strokes, four better than Pueblo South. Fruita Monument finished third at 229. Basalt was fourth, and Montezuma-Cortez and Steamboat Springs tied for sixth.

Two medalists shared first with 70s.

Eric Walker and Trevor Bogus rounded out the Demons’ varsity with an 83 and 89, respectively.

“They didn’t play their best (Thursday), but we didn’t need their scores,” Rawles said.

“For Cameron to do that, that’s nice. That’s really balancing out our roster.”

Another freshman, Cy Spicer, followed Wednesday’s 82 with an 81 and finished third overall in the junior varsity tournament.Garrett Mulkey shot an 83 and Daniel McElwain an 87.

“I’m pretty optimistic about our team right now,” Rawles said.