Coal Ridge, Grand Valley prepped and ready for girls golf season
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Senior leaders Callie Schlegel, Mini Kanakaraj and Nadine Chavez hope to drive Coal Ridge to girls golf success in the program’s third year of existence.
The Titans made big strides last year under coach Scott Zevin, who won’t be coaching the team this season after taking an administrative role at the school.
The program is now in the hands of Jemiah Fowler, a former assistant at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton. This is Fowler’s first year of coaching golf. He was previously a strength coach at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch.
Fowler seems content with his crop of Titan golfers, who begin play March 24 with a tournament at Bookcliff in Grand Junction.
“We’ve got a lot of returning players,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of experience in tournaments since they were freshmen. They should do well this year.”
Beyond the returning seniors, Coal Ridge also returns juniors Ali Simonson and Brittany Smith. Projected lineups are up in the air and will be determined on a weekly basis by way of intra-team playoffs.
With inclement weather complicating matters, much of the team’s early-season work has been indoors.
“We’ve been working in hitting cages and on some rollout turf,” Fowler said. “Basically, we just set up an indoor driving range with a couple nets. We’ve been chipping and putting on the course.”
All in all, Fowler sees promise in the future of Coal Ridge golf. Since he also serves as an assistant volleyball coach at the school, he knows what his Titans are capable of athletically.
“Probably five girls of the nine are volleyball players,” he said. “It definitely helps as far as knowing their work ethic and how they do in school.”
PARACHUTE ” Grand Valley begins its second season of varsity girls golf at Lincoln Park in Palisade this morning. It’s just the third season overall for the Cardinals, who fielded just a junior varsity team in 2006.
While high tournament finishes weren’t in the cards for Grand Valley last year, the team did take steps in building its program by trotting out a seven-golfer team. The team’s top finisher at the Western Slope Regionals last year was Nicole Arrowhead.
The Cardinals will host a tournament at Battlement Mesa on April 8.
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