Schalk, Bryant take 2-shot leads after first round of JGAC Tour Championship
by Gary Baines
Davis Bryant of Aurora and Hailey Schalk of Erie, each of whom is seeking a third major victory in a Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado tournament, grabbed two-stroke leads in their respective divisions on Saturday in the JGAC Tour Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Bryant, who won the 5A state high school title on Tuesday to go with his 2017 victories in the Colorado Junior PGA and the Colorado Junior Amateur, birdied his final three holes to fire a 2-under-par 70 in the boys tournament. The Colorado State University-bound golfer finished with seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on Saturday.
Canon Olkowski of Grand Junction, who finished third behind Bryant and Dillon Stewart on Tuesday in the 5A state meet, sits in second place at 72 after going eagle-birdie on his final two holes. He carded an eagle, four birdies and six bogeys on Saturday.
In a four-way tie for third at 73 with one round remaining are Cal McCoy of Highlands Ranch, Barrett Jones of Eagle, Kailer Rundiks of Denver and Joseph Madden of Denver.
Schalk (left), winner of the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior, the Colorado Junior PGA and the 3A state high school title this year, shot a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday to earn a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round of the girls tourney.
The 15-year-old made 16 pars — including 10 in a row to close the round — and two bogeys on Saturday.
The two other girls to break 80 in the first round were Julia Baroth of Denver (76) and Caroline Jordaan (78), who’s competing at her home club this weekend.