And then there were two.
Durango High School qualified two golfers for the CHSAA Class 4A Boys Golf State Championships two weeks from now in Montrose, and a third finished a close three strokes off the cut.
Cory Gillespie and Bo Ward made the cut at regionals Tuesday at Conquistador Golf Club in Cortez, and there was plenty of drama involved in the penultimate tournament of the season, too.
Montezuma-Cortez and Rifle tied for first at 226 strokes apiece, but only one team from the region can advance to the state meet. So, the Panthers and the Bears played a playoff.
The long and short of it: Jakob Rudosky holed in from 140 yards out to eagle a par 4 and give Montezuma-Cortez the state berth.
The Rifle Bears were relegated to runner-up.
The trickle-down effect from the Panthers victory also created a three-player playoff for the final two individual spots on the state roster: Durango, Montrose and Rifle.
The kid from Rifle shot par on the playoff hole and advanced; Ward bogeyed to earn the final spot, while the kid from Montrose double bogeyed.
Gillespies 77 on Tuesday was seven strokes off medalist Kyler Smiths 70 and was good for seventh place overall. The top nine individuals besides the Panthers qualified for state.
Thats impressive, DHS coach Kirk Rawles said of Gillespies season. Cory is a freshman, and he made (state) his first year on the team.
Bos very deserving.
Im bummed for Trevor (Bogus), Rawles said of the junior who narrowly missed out on state for the second consecutive season. He dropped five strokes over the last four holes, otherwise hed be there, too.
Ward finished with a 79, Bogus an 82. Cameron Barnhardt shot an 83 for the Demons.
Rudosky and Riley Willis of Montrose finished runner-up to Palisades Smith.
Palisade finished third overall at 233, followed by Montrose, Summit and Durango (238).