Golf: Basalt High boys solid during Craig, Steamboat trip |

Golf: Basalt High boys solid during Craig, Steamboat trip

The Basalt High School boys golf team made a two-day trip north of the interstate this week, playing Monday at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig and Tuesday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

While neither day was particularly bad, Basalt coach Kenny Doerrer saw significant improvement from one day to the next.

“We kind of made some stupid mistakes off the tee and had a couple of big holes,” Doerrer said of Monday’s round in Craig. “We eliminated a lot of mistakes (Tuesday). We are moving in the right direction toward regionals. I really think the guys are starting to get some confidence with their play and with their putting.”

Basalt finished fourth as a team Monday, shooting 245, only a stroke behind Delta. Montrose won the tournament with 218, followed by 219 from Grand Junction.

Holden Kleager was ninth overall, shooting 79 to lead Basalt. Grand Junctions’ Trevor Olkowski was first with 68.

Tuesday in Steamboat, Basalt finished fifth, shooting 234, a tournament won by Montrose, which shot 217.

Basalt’s Linc Kleager shot 75 to tie for seventh, while his younger brother Holden Kleager shot 77 to tie for 12th. Freshman Blake Exelbert was among the surprises for the Longhorns, shooting 82 to tie for 21st in his first high school road trip.

Montrose golfer Glen-Michael Mihavetz won the tournament with 69.

“I was very happy,” Doerrer said of the two days. “I really like the attitude of the team and the way we are getting along together. We had a really nice team bonding experience staying in a couple cabins at a KOA in Steamboat. That was a lot of fun.”

Absent from both of the tournaments was Aspen High School, which took a few days off with school having started Monday.

Basalt and Aspen are both scheduled to compete Monday at Bookcliff Country Club and Tuesday at Tiara Rado Golf Course, both in Grand Junction.

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