Demons team up at The Hill |

Demons team up at The Hill

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs' Caroline Tham-Johansson tees off during Wednesday's high school girls golf tournament at Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Pictured in the background, from left to right, are Sarah Davis, Mackenzie Fuller, coach Clem Michel and Syddnie Evans.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Golf is very much an individual game, but Wednesday’s The Hill Best Ball Tournament was all about the team.

In a rarity for a high school meet, players from four schools competed in a best-ball format at Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

And the host school – Glenwood Springs High School – came away with third-place medals.

Caroline Tham-Johansson, Mackenzie Fuller, Syddnie Evans and Sarah Davis joined forces to shoot an 85. Delta also shot 85, but snagged second place by virtue of a scorecard playoff. Moffat County won the tournament with an 83.

A “super team” featuring a blend of players from different schools – Glenwood golfers Kristen Joiner and Melissa Thrun among them – finished fifth with a 96.

And so continued a strong season for the Demons, who have four meets left before the May 8 Class 4A Western Regional in Gunnison.

On Monday, Tham-Johansson, an exchange student from Sweden, placed fourth at Grand Valley’s home tournament at Battlement Mesa Golf Course. She shot a 93.

Now in the stretch run of the girls golf season, the Demons will focus on fine-tuning the short game in preparation for regionals and, if any team members qualify, the state tournament.

“For me, it all comes down to the short game,” Glenwood coach Clem Michel said. “That’s what I preach, and that’s probably the weakest part of our game – chipping and putting. We can hit it off the tee really good. We can get it around the green within two or three shots, but then it comes down to that flat stick.”

Hole-in-one for Delta’s Hillman

Delta’s Jaelee Hillman sunk a hole-in-one at Wednesday’s tournament, acing the fourth hole. Using a 9-iron, she found the cup from 95 yards out.

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