Father-son teams fare well in Meeker best-ball tournament

Meeker golf pro Jim Cook, left, and Mike Hiron, right, share a laugh with Joe Tonozzi, who made a hole in one on No. 2 during the final round of last weekend’s two-man best-ball tournament. “I’m really proud I got a hole in one on your course,” Tonozzi told Cook.
Meeker golf pro Jim Cook, left, and Mike Hiron, right, share a laugh with Joe Tonozzi, who made a hole in one on No. 2 during the final round of last weekend’s two-man best-ball tournament. “I’m really proud I got a hole in one on your course,” Tonozzi told Cook.
Meeker golf pro Jim Cook, left, and Mike Hiron, right, share a laugh with Joe Tonozzi, who made a hole in one on No. 2 during the final round of last weekend’s two-man best-ball tournament. “I’m really proud I got a hole in one on your course,” Tonozzi told Cook.

MEEKER I In all but one of the four flights in the annual two-man best-ball tournament at the Meeker Golf Course, father-son teams fared well in the two-day event, played on the first day of summer and Father’s Day.
“It was a great Father’s Day tournament with several father/son teams placing high,” golf pro Jim Cook said. “We doubled the number of golfers from last year and it was great to see all my old friends.”
Glenwood Springs’ Roland Gauthier and his 13-year-old son Roger won the second flight with a gross score of 137. The Gauthiers shot a 1-under par 67 to lead their flight after the first 18 holes and although they added three shots on Father’s Day, they won the flight, two shots ahead of the local competition.
Local duffers Erik Brown and Lex Collins shot 1-over par 69 on the first day of summer and tied the winners last Sunday to finish with a 139, the second best gross score in the second flight.
Bill de Vergie and Chad Luce were consistent, shooting 71 both days to finish with the best net score (114) in the second flight. H.P. Hanson and John Sidel of Glenwood Springs were also consistent, turning in a gross score of 73 each day and finishing with the second best net score (119).
Fourteen-year-old Lathrop Hughes teamed up with his father Pat and although the younger Hughes and his dad took off three strokes on Sunday, it wasn’t enough to beat Lathrop’s uncles Andy and Pat Coryell. The Coryell brothers shot 4-over par-72 each day to finish three shots ahead of the Hughes.
“We triple-bogeyed the first hole today,” the elder Hughes said of his and his son’s start on the second day. “After that hole, maybe my uncles will buy us something nice with their winnings.”
Meeker father-son team Bill and Brandan Stewart tied with Tom Williams and Kevin Hayes at 118 for the best net score in the third flight.
In the fourth flight, Dale Dunbar and his youngest son Kurtis played consistently with scores of 80 each day to finish second. Paul Nelson and Bob Murray were seven shots better than the Dunbars. Jim Denton and Bob Mayfield of Steamboat Springs finished with the best net score (115), four shots better than Brian Wallace and Jim Adams.
The best golf was played in the championship flight, where Doug Choate of Battlement Mesa and his partner Joe Elliot of Rifle tore up the competition on the first day with a 6-under par 62. Although they couldn’t keep the pace on the second day, they kept the lead and won the first flight with a gross score of 131, two shots ahead of Jim Peloquin and Mark Barlau.
Local golfer J.C. Watt teamed up with former classmate Dave Fiscus and finished with the best net score of 118. Watt and Fiscus shot even par after the first 18 holes and added one stroke on Sunday. Grand Junction’s Joe Tonozzi and Mike Hiron finished three strokes behind Watt and Fiscus to finish with the second best net score. Tonozzi also provided the best shot of the tournament with a hole in one on No. 2 on the last round.