AURORA — In his first run through the Colorado Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship, Boulder’s Grant Dinkel got a broader taste of Colorado’s prep golf talent level.
Dinkel, who finished 15th at the 2012 Class 5A state tournament, finished tied for 12th after carding a 76, 73, and 71 for a 7-over 220. After the three-day tournament at CommonGround Golf Course concluded on Wednesday, Dinkel said he enjoyed the heightened competition.
“I made a couple mistakes today but I played well,” said Dinkel, who was 2-under through the front nine. “It’s nice playing in these three-day tournaments. This has a broader range of good players because it’s not just 5A. It’s fun to see how you compare.”
Boulder teammates Grant Rogers and Alex Poorman missed the cut after the first two days.
A trio of Raptors from Silver Creek fared a bit better as a group.
Tying one another for 15th place, Jack Adolfson carded a 71 on Day 3 after matching 75s to finish 9-over with at 222. Teammate Andrew Howe, who led after shooting a 66 on Day 1, went 76 and 80 in the final two days to tie Adolfson.
“Shooting even par was a good round today,” said Adolfson, who finished seventh in 2011.
“The course played tough today. I wanted to do better, definitely, but I’m glad that I improved each day and finished on a good note.”
After missing the cut in his first two appearances at the CGA Junior Stroke Play, Todd Millard shot 74, 73, and 77 to end up in 19th with a 224.
“I just couldn’t make putts,” said Millard, who will be a senior at Silver Creek next season. “But I can figure that out. As long as I figure that out, I’ll be fine.”
After good first and second rounds, Legacy junior Eric Chen shot an 80 on Wednesday to finish tied for 19th with a three-round score of 224 to tie Millard.
“The first two days were great for me and I was in the top 10,” Chen said. “But today went terrible. It was mostly a mental problem. I kind of gave up after some bad holes.”
Missing the cut after the first two rounds were Niwot’s Samuel Toillion, Fairview’s Matt and Jackson Vacek, Erie’s Dalton Anderson, Peak to Peak’s Behrod Keshtavar and Alexander Dawson’s Cole Folwell.
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COLORADO GOLF ASSOCIATION STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
At CommonGround G.C., par 71
Top 10 individuals — 1. Ross Macdonald, 69-69-71-207; T2. Ethan Freeman, 75-70-66-211; T2. Chris Korte, 68-71-72-211; 4. Glenn Workman, 69-73-71-213; 5. Jimmy Makloski, 76-70-69-215; T6. Kyler Dunkle, 72-70-74-216; T6. Cole Cunningham, 70-76-70-216; T6. Jake Staiano, 73-72-71-216; 9. Colin Prater, 75-72-70-217; T10. Jack Pederson, 69-73-76-218; T10. Spencer Painton, 71-71-76-218.
Boulder results — T12. Grant Dinkel, 76-73-71-220; Grant Rogers, 70-84-C; Alex Poorman, 77-83-C.
Silver Creek results — T15. Jack Adolfson, 75-75-71-222; T15. Andrew Howe, 66-76-80-22; T19. Todd Millard, 74-73-77-224.
Legacy results — T19. Li Chen, 69-75-80-224.
Niwot results — Samuel Toillion, 83-79-C.
Fairview results — Matt Vacek, 81-83-C; Jackson Vacek, 81-83-C.
Peak to Peak results — Behrod Keshtavar, 84-83-C.
Erie results — Dalton Anderson, 90-85-C.
Alexander Dawson results — Cole Folwell, 75-82-C.