“You really can’t base a season as a whole on just one tournament, even though it comes down to one tournament,” said MHS Boys Golf Coach Angelo DeJulio of the Indians’ unfortunate end to its 2011 season. “I’m not disappointed at all; we just didn’t play our best at Regionals…it was just one of those days, which can happen in the game of golf.”
DeJulio is referring to the team’s overall season record, which found the Indians claiming victories at tournaments at Devil’s Thumb golf course in Delta; at Gunnison’s Dos Rios; at Haymaker Golf Club in Steamboat Springs; and at home in Montrose at Cobble Creek during this year’s fall golf season.
The team’s overall success was evidenced by three of its senior leaders being named All Conference players. Kolten Kyne was named First Team All Conference, while teammates Josh Derosia and Bryce Markley earned Second Team All Conference.
Although the team as a whole couldn’t reproduce its earlier-season fireworks at the all-important Regionals season finale, the day wasn’t without its highlights. Kyne (who had the third best stroke average in the region this season,) was off to a rocky start on the Rifle course, shooting eight over par in the first seven holes. He came back with a vengeance, however, shooting even par for the rest of the match to end with an 80 – a score that put him into contention for an invitation to State. But first, he had to get through a four-man, sudden-death playoff.
Kyne continued his even-keeled game, coming out as the only player to shoot par on the first playoff hole and earning an invite to State in the process.
DeJulio says that while he will face stiff competition at the coming State tournament, to be held Oct. 3-4 at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor, Colo., Kyne has what it takes to finish on top of the leader board.
“Kolten always plays his best when he goes out and just plays golf. When he’s had his biggest successes, it’s been when he just trusts his ability,” DeJulio says, pointing to Kyne’s two 2011 tournament wins, at Devil’s Thumb and again in Gunnison. Additionally, Kyne is no stranger to State-level competition: 2011 marks the third consecutive year he will play in the State tourney, having attended the event the last two years as a 3A player for Ridgway High School.
“If he plays his game the way he’s capable of playing, he has a high chance” of scoring well at State, DeJulio says, going on to note that Kyne has picked up where MHS golf team alumni (like 2010 team leader Drew Trujillo) have left off by carrying the Indian torch of dedication and perseverance for younger players to emulate.
Class 4A State Tournament action kicks off on Monday, Oct. 3.