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The Cheyenne Wells Golf team won the Thunderbolt Invitational Tournament at Hollydot Golf Course in Rye on Monday. Pcitured are (l to r) Coach Dusty Tallman, Conrad Ball, Perry Chadwick, Carson Noe, Blake Gilmore, Zach Dickey, Coach Devin Dickey.
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Cheyenne Wells Wins Thunderbolt Open Golf Tournament: Eads Comes in Fifth

By Betsy Barnett

September 14, 2022

The Cheyenne Wells Tigers Golf team continues to ride the leadership of three golfers who are scoring strong in nearly every tournament they are in.

Last week at the Rocky Ford Golf Tournament the Tigers placed in second overall behind Swink in the team competition coming in with a 257. That score included a 6th place individual finish by Blake Gilmore who shot a +12 over 84, an 8th place from Zach Dickey who was two back with a +14 over 86, and a 12th place from Carson Noe with an 87.

On Monday at the Hollydot Golf Course Cheyenne Wells senior Blake Gilmore placed in the runner-up spot in the individual tournament and fellow Tiger, junior Carson Noe came in third place.

The Thunderbolt Open is a nice opportunity for the Region 1 golfers in the 3A Division to see a nicely groomed course comparable to what they will be competing on in the next couple of weeks during the Regional Tournament to be held at the new course site in Cortez, Colorado.

ON Monday, Cheyenne Wells took the team championship coming in with an overall 272 for the four golfers of Gilmore, Noe, Zach Dickey and Conrad Ball. Las Animas was second in the Thunderbolt Open with a team score of 276—four strokes off the lead. Eads, as a team, placed fifth with a score of 338.

Las Animas’ Damien Baca continued to dominate in the individual side of the tournament winning yet another championship by golfing a +4 over 76 on the 18-hole course. Gilmore was pretty far back with an 87, but it was good enough for a runner-up award. In third place was Noe who was two strokes off of Gilmore shooting an 89 on the day. Conrad Ball and Zach Dickey tied for fifth place individually coming in with 96 in the 18 holes.

For Eads, junior Brentley Lening had the best score placing in 11th place overall shooting an even 100 on the course. Kit Carson sophomore Brennan Framel, who golfs for Eads, was 19th with 118. Freshman Karsten Buller finished with a 120 (21st), senior John Brown had a 125 (22nd) and sophomore Colin Nelson had a 135 (25th).

Eads head coach Justin McLoud was disappointed with the Eads golfer’s overall performance as they head towards the most important part of the season, “I think we were pretty out of it coming off of a long week of activities for the fair. The course was in great shape, as always. Brentley battled back after a not-so-great front 9. The other 5 struggled all day. We have a lot of work to do before we make the long trip to Cortez for regionals.”

Typically, 3A golfers who expect to qualify for the state golf tournament will have to score down into at least the 80s in order to qualify. Some of the golfers from Cheyenne Wells and possibly Eads have the ability to do just that if they happen to have a great day in Cortez—a place that will be a long way from the golf courses of eastern Colorado.

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