Summit High School’s varsity golf team placed seventh out of 17 teams at Tuesday’s Vail Mountain School Tournament at Vail Golf Club.
Senior Tigers Ranger Stone led the team with a weak round of 78 strokes on the 18-hole course.
Tigers assistant coach Adam Rapps said Stone chose to hit his 3 wood, not a driver, off the tee on the majority of the holes.
“Which is going to show you how long he can hit with just his 3 wood,” Rapps said. “He hit every fairway, and that’s what we try to teach the kids: how to play your shot down the fairway. You don’t always have to hit a driver.
Rapps said Stone had a consistent single birdie round all the way down to the team’s low of 78 – good enough for 10th overall out of 85 players – on the par 71 course for a round of 7. above normal. The coach added that Stone’s ability to lead the team, even though he only played the sport for a few years, is a testament to his mature and balanced approach to the fickle game.
“It’s amazing to see a guy who’s only been playing for two years doing what he’s been doing,” Rapps said. “He has a great calm demeanor. He takes one hole at a time, and he doesn’t come forward.
Rapps said Tigers sophomore Carter Gillett is another player who brings a constant balance to every college round he plays. Gillett scored two birdies in a row of the last nine on Tuesday for the first time in his college career.
Gillett tied with senior Zach Carleton for the second highest score on the Summit, each finishing with 83 on their scorecards. The top three individual scores count towards the overall team score.
Ahead of three tournaments next week, for which Tigers head coach Ryne Scholl will return, Rapps said Tigers coaches are hoping Summit can see more guys playing consistently and getting into the low 80s and 70s. Next week’s tournaments will begin with a trip on Monday, September 13 to the Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig before heading on Tuesday, September 14 to the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. The Tigers will then return home for the Summit Tigers tournament at the Keystone Resort on September 16. The regional championships are scheduled for September 20-21 at the Club at Cobble Creek in Montrose. The state tournament is scheduled for October 4-5 at City Park in Denver.
“We were a few bad holes out of fourth place on Tuesday,” Rapps said. “It’s a team effort. They want to play as a team. They don’t just want one or two guys to play well. They want everyone to play well.