Take away two bad holes from Bo Ward’s Day 2 at the CHSAA Class 4A Boys Golf State Championships, and the Durango High School junior reaches his goal of a top-20 finish.
As it was, however, Ward found water twice Tuesday at Cobble Creek Golf Club in Montrose and four-putted another hole to finish with an 80, one day after his opening day 75.
Ward finished 75-80–155 for an 11-over par, six strokes better than teammate Cory Gillespie.
Gillespie, a freshman, shot 79-82–161 for a 17-over par at the state meet.
“All in all, I think it was a really good experience for those two,” DHS boys golf head coach Kirk Rawles said.
“They didn’t play as well as they did (Monday). They didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes, but the ones they did cost them.”
In Ward’s case, he put two in the water and quadruple bogeyed a par 3, then had a four-putt.
“Outside of that, he played pretty well,” said Rawles, who estimated Ward hit 14 out of 18 greens Tuesday.
“A couple of mistakes, but he played really well ... Bo ... he was so close.”
Jacob Allenback of Pueblo Centennial won the 4A championship with a 68-71–139, 5-under par. He finished two strokes better than state runner-up Josh McLaughlin of Thompson Valley, who finished the tournament 3 under.
Glenn Workman of Pueblo West was third at 2-under par, and Jack Adolfson of Silver Creek was the only other player under par at 1 under.
Chase Federico of team champion Pueblo South tied Dylan Mitchell of Summit at even par.
Jakob Rudosky of Montezuma-Cortez shot 74-72–146 for eight place at 2-over par.
Pueblo South won state in a playoff over Valor Christian on the second hole.
Gillespie, who “just never got his putter going (Tuesday),” and Ward will lead next year’s team of three freshmen varsity lettermen and two juniors.
“We’re already looking forward to next year,” Rawles said.