Area golf teams to tee off seasons soon |

Area golf teams to tee off seasons soon

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent fileKelsey Warkentin and the Glenwood Springs girls golf team open the season Monday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Led by returning state qualifier Kelsey Warkentin, Glenwood Springs High School’s girls golfers should be in the title hunt at many a tournament in 2010.

Warkentin and fellow seniors Haley Peterson, Carrie Keller and Stephanie Wilson form quite the veteran core for the Demons, who have won back-to-back Western Regional titles.

With younger players like sophomore Sierra Weast and junior Kelsie Holmberg also chipping in, longtime Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting thinks a third straight regional title is within her team’s capabilities.

“I see our top three or four players as being totally capable of bringing home the team title,” she said. “What they need is just some course experience.”

And, with a winter’s worth of snow just now melting away, course experience has been tough to come by.

“We’ve been putting and chipping in the halls, pretty much,” Whiting passed along.

The Demons open their season with Monday’s Fruita Monument-hosted tournament at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Grand Junction.

RIFLE, Colorado – Rifle and Coal Ridge will again compete as one this girls golf season.

In 2009, the joint team took the course with Coal Ridge’s name. This year, with first-year head coach Britt Choate at the helm, Rifle’s the namesake.

Choate, a native Texan who’s played golf since she was 5 years old, brings experience to the table.

“I started playing competitive golf at a very early age and continue to do so,” she said. “As a result, I of course hope to teach and encourage my girls to enjoy and respect the game of golf and eventually become competitive golfers themselves.”

Choate will team up with assistant coach Kenda Spaulding. The two have been golf partners for roughly two years.

Rifle’s top returning golfers include senior Cassie Harrison (Coal Ridge), junior Kieryn Hammond (Rifle) and sophomore Allison Powell (Rifle).

“These girls are putting in a tremendous effort and, as a result, their potential is blooming,” Choate said.

The eight-member team also boasts four freshmen. Rifle’s Taylor Walters is one of those youngsters Choate cited as having considerable potential.

“She is also one to keep your eyes on the for the next several years,” Choate said.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Scott Carpenter, coach of Grand Valley’s boys golf team, will pair up with Dora King to coach the girls this spring.

The Cardinals return three golfers – seniors Sydney Wardlaw and Kaity Brown and junior Amanda Jablonksi. Rounding out the roster are three newcomers to the sport in Karsin Valencia, Taylor Conrad and Kendra Hill.

“It’s going to be a big learning experience,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully, we’ll be pulling them along and improving them, getting them to enjoy the game. That’s my big goal.”

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