M-CHS golf team sets sights on state

Senior-laden team believes it can re-establish regional dominance, qualify for state

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Tristan Shelby and Cristoffer Rudosky watch as Levi Gross lines up a putt during practice for the M-CHS golf team. Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Cortez Journal Tristan Shelby and Cristoffer Rudosky watch as Levi Gross lines up a putt during practice for the M-CHS golf team.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Montezuma-Cortez High School golf team finished first in the Western Slope Region. Last season, the Panthers finished third in the region.

Entering the 2014 season with lofty expectations, this year’s M-CHS golf team will look to re- establish itself as the West Slope’s finest team. To do so, the team will relay on four seniors, one talented freshman and several other promising players.

Anchoring this year’s varsity roster will be senior Hayden Plewe, a first-team all-conference player last season. A powerful player with a deft short game, Plewe figures to contend for top honors in every tournament he plays. Plewe could even contend for a state title if things go his way.

“(Plewe) has been working hard all summer,” said M-CHS head coach Micah Rudosky. “I see him as being one of the best (golfers) in (the state) and in our region.”

Also figuring to positively impact the Panthers this year will be seniors Tristan Shelby and Ryan Aiken. Both experienced players capable of shooting scores in the mid-70s, Aiken and Shelby are hoping that their final prep season will be a memorable one.

“Our goal is to win a few tournaments and win our home tournament for sure,” said Shelby. We want to win back our regional title.”

“I’m looking to shoot in the mid-70’s and helpo the team this year,” added Aiken.

Rounding out the Panthers varsity lineup will be senior Levi Gross and freshman Cristoffer Rudosky, who figure to enjoy solid individual seasons for the benefit of the team.

“As a team, we want to get to state again,” said Gross.

Other members of this year’s M-CHS golf team include junior Joaquin Valdez, sophomore Killian Keiser and freshman Luke Gross. All three players are looking to gain valuable experience this year.

The Panthers opened their season on Aug. 11 in Grand Junction and will play on Aug. 12 in Fruita. Highlights of the team’s 11-event schedule include a tournament at Conquistador Golf Course on Aug. 20 and the Western Slope Regional Championship in Durango on Sept. 16.

Summing up his team’s goals for the season, Micah Rudosky said that he hopes his players can improve in every event and make waves in the state.

“Our goal is to go out there, get into regionals and get this team back to state,” said Micah Rudosky. “We have the experience and we know what it takes. “I think we’ll have a good opportunity.”