Local golfers test CJGA series

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Kaleb McKey didn't want to talk about the results from his two-day effort at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, but he did think it would make him better in the end.

"I don't want the scores to be published because they were so bad," he said. "But every time out I get more relaxed, and it will help me in the high school season."

McKey, along with several other Craig youths, will travel across Colorado this summer to play in Colorado Junior Golf Association Junior Series as well as ACE tournaments.

This week, McKey competed in three tournaments spanning four days.

"Vail went well, but Delta and Steamboat were a different story," he said. "A lot of it had to do with the difficulty of the courses."

First for the good result.

On Tuesday, McKey finished second in the Tom Whitehead Memorial Tournament at Vail Golf Club with an 80. McKey, who will be a senior at Moffat County High School in the fall, competed in the 16- to 18-year-old division.

The next day, on the difficult Haymaker course, wind and inaccuracy cost McKey.

"If you miss on the drive, you lose a lot of balls in the tall grass," he said. "Let's just say I missed the drive more than a couple of times."

McKey finished the two-day tournament with a combined score of 195.

Monday's tournament in Delta was an ACE tournament, which is a series of tournaments on the Western Slope for amateur golfers.

Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes joined McKey in Steamboat for the tournament. Nicholson, who will be a senior next fall, turned in the best score of the day for the girls Thursday at Haymaker. Her score of 80 helped her move up to fourth place for the tournament. On Wednesday, she shot a 95.

"Haymaker plays a lot longer than I'm used to," she said. "I had a tough time with the wind especially the first day."

Innes shot a 99 and 96 for a 195, which was good enough for eighth out of the 18 golfers.

Nicholson and Innes often travel together for tournaments.

"We usually just play in the ACE tournaments," Nicholson said. "But we saw that the CJGA was having some Western Slope tournaments so we signed up."

Nicholson said the CJGA tournaments were more formal than that ACE events.

"The CJGA is more like a state tournament because they have rules officials all over," she said. "The girls also take things a little more seriously."

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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