Demons win home tournament
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Sunny skies and warm temperatures were a welcome sight for the Western Slope’s high school girls golfers at Monday’s Glenwood Springs Invitational. For the most part, shot-altering winds and bone-chilling cold have been staples of meets in the season’s early going.
With the sun shining bright, seven topped 100 at Glenwood Springs Golf Club, where Moffat County’s Heather Nicholson bagged the individual title by carding an 84 and the host Demons won the team title with a 290.
Glenwood got the job done with three scores in the 90s.
Haley Peterson led the way with a 94, while Stephanie Wilson and Kelsey Warkentin carded matching 98s. While her round didn’t figure into the team score, Carrie Keller was right behind her teammates with a 100.
“I was really pleased with the girls,” Demons coach Kathy Whiting said. “One of our goals was to break that 100 barrier. We had been banging against it. It was exciting for the girls to finally get that.”
Monday marked the first time this season that Peterson recorded Glenwood’s top score.
“It was my first good tournament,” said Peterson, who seemed happy to be outdoors and not practicing in her school’s hallways or gymnasium. “I had been pretty up there. It’s nice to finally be on grass.”
Nicholson, who shot a 110 while battling strong winds in a tournament at Battlement Mesa Golf Course last Monday, welcomed Monday’s calm, sunny air. Her 84 was her best round in three 2010 tournaments.
Finishing seven strokes behind Nicholson was Rifle freshman Taylor Walters, who turned in her best high school outing yet. The young Bear said avoiding the course’s natural hazards was her chief aim on Monday.
“I just wanted to play smart with the trees,” Walters said. “That’s pretty much what my goal was for today.”
Finishing third were Peterson and Montrose’s Kaya Keltz. Both shot 94s. Dessa Markley of Delta was fifth with a 95.
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