Closing statement: Prep golfers put opening debacles behind them at state
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ELIZABETH, Colo. ” They vowed they could play better. Much better.
On Tuesday, Basalt junior Marty Knous and Aspen freshman Bobby Moyer went out and proved it.
A day after a completely uncharacteristic opening round of 99 at the 3A state golf championship at Spring Valley Golf Course in Elizabeth, Knous redeemed himself by firing a 77.
Shaving 22 strokes off his previous round was easily the biggest surge of the two-day tournament and, considering Monday, left Knous with a respectable 34th-place finish among the field of 84.
The jump up the board was so substantial that a scoring official was taken aback when he saw Knous’ scorecard.
“We both left there with a pretty darn good feeling about how the thing went,” said Knous’ father and coach, Steve. “There’s always next year and I suspect Marty will be back.”
“It felt real good,” Marty Knous said. “I felt a lot better after the round. It just felt like I was much more in the zone for golf.”
Moyer was also back in the zone after what he called an embarrassing opening round in which he posted a 94.
Numerous putting lapses on Spring Valley’s tricky, temperamental greens cost Moyer on Monday, but he atoned Tuesday with a round of 85.
His two-day score of 179 tied him with three other players for 40th.
Denver Christian senior Michael Reitz became the state’s first 3A golf champion, capturing the title in the new classification by outlasting St. Mary’s sophomore Andrew Cornella and overtaking first-round leader Min Kyu Jeon of Front Range Christian.
Reitz shot a 1-over-par 73, giving him a two-day total of 147.
It was two shots better than Cornella and three better than Jeon, who entered Tuesday with a two-shot lead.
Skiers freshman Omri Gildor was the only local prep golfer to stay consistent during the two-day tournament. After his opening round of 96, the perpetually upbeat Gildor fired a 97 on Tuesday to finish in a three-way tie with two other golfers.
Gildor wasn’t able to accomplish his goal of besting his regional qualifying score of 95 in either of his two rounds, but Aspen coach Woulfe said the freshman’s experience at state would be invaluable in the years to come.
“He held his own and had a good time,” Woulfe said. “He was the highest [state] qualifier at the regional and he’s been pretty proud of himself for getting up and down on some of the tougher holes here.”
Woulfe was reached near the end of Monday’s round, but did not return a call seeking comment while in-route back to Aspen.
Steve Knous said the conditions for Tuesday’s round were much more favorable compared to Monday, when a steady wind and fast greens tested the field.
“It was just absolutely beautiful,” the Basalt coach said. “There was a little breeze, but nothing you had to adjust a shot for.”
The coach reiterated, however, that the weather wasn’t to blame for how his son played Monday.
“I still don’t really have any explanation for what went wrong,” Steve Knous said, “but today the 77 seemed effortless. Marty just hit some phenomenally good shots. He hit 12 to 13 greens and had a ton of chances for birdie.”
Knous didn’t make any of those birdies, but he rarely missed his par putts. After opening with a bogey on the par-4 10th, Knous reeled off seven pars in a row. He also never three-putted once.
“[Monday], for some reason, it just felt like when you wake up at 2 in the morning and you don’t really know what’s going on,” Marty Knous said. “It was definitely good to come in with a better score today. People certainly know that I’m a better golfer.”
The Rocky Mountain News contributed to this report
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