The trip to Montrose proved a long one for the area’s Class 4A golfers, as it did for most everyone else but the hometown kid, Micah Strangebye.
The Indians’ Strangebye shot a 4-under 67 to take a commanding lead at the 4A championships held at The Bridges course in Montrose, while two others found themselves under par after the first of two rounds.
Locally, Frederick’s Jake Chesler turned in the top performance with a solid 76, tied for 10th place with nine other players. After making birdie on the par-3 12th hole, Chesler sat at 1-over but struggled the final six holes.
Silver Creek’s Ben Harding and Frederick’s Colton Gabbard checked in at 10-over, while Frederick’s Nick Formby was plus-11 and Longmont’s Adam Gannon and Erie’s Braden Caffarelli were each plus-12.
Holy Family is in the mix for a team title, and Prospect Ridge’s Walker Franklin leads the tournament after the first round at Eisenhower Blue Course at the Air Force Academy.
Franklin, who has frequented the state tournament, was the only player under par Monday as he shot a 2-under 70. He birdied the first hole he played and then after even play through most of the day birdied the 16th and 17th holes to get a two-stroke lead on the field.
The Tigers were paced by 78s from Jackson Grace and Jacob Mason, while Garrett Green was just one stroke back of that at 79.
Peak to Peak’s Suchit Sharma was solid all day, firing a plus-4 76 to put himself in seventh standing heading to the second round. Pumas teammates Davis Long was at plus-7.