Challenging conditions and typically tricky greens provided a stern test for the high school golfers Friday at Hillcrest Golf Club.
Scores ranged a bit higher than in recent tournaments with Montezuma-Cortez winning the team title in the annual DHS Invitational by compiling a 234 team score.
Host Durango was second, just four strokes back, at 238.
Montezuma-Cortez also won the team title at both the Cortez Invitational and the Pagosa Springs Invitational earlier this week.
Fruita Monument finished third at 247 with Grand Junction's boys fourth at 249.
Gunnison was fifth (253), and Grand Junction Central was sixth (268).
Pagosa Springs and Telluride rounded out the field.
"The day did not yield many low rounds," DHS head coach Kirk Rawles said.
"The course played tough (Friday). The greens are the biggest thing here (Hillcrest)," Rawles said.
"The course is in great shape. The greens are tough to read and tough to putt," he said, adding that the players enjoyed the challenge of the speedy Hillcrest greens.
"Adjusting to the speed of the greens can be tough for younger players," the DHS coach said.
"But our kids hung in there," he said, adding that they faced the added pressure of playing at home with the accompanying expectations.
Chris Black of Montezuma-Cortez was the medalist with a 74 Friday. His scorecard was the final card posted among the individual varsity players.
His 74 also pushed the Panthers into the team title.
Durango was led by Arthur Kunkel's 78, which was good for second overall.
"He struggled coming in (on the final two holes," Rawles said. "Otherwise, he was right there."
Chad McClanahan shot a 79 for the Demons.
Ted Olson's 81 rounded out the three scores used in the team total.
Devon Pierce carded an 83, and teammate Nic Ochsner shot 86 for DHS.
"It came down to their No. 5 guy with a 74," Rawles said.
The DHS golfers return to tournament play next week with invitational tournaments at Montrose and Delta.