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Home course kind to Bears

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentRifle's Alyx Carter tees off at Tuesday's Rifle Invitational. Carter and the Bears won the team title at Rifle Creek Golf Course, combing on a score of 282.
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RIFLE, Colorado – Kieryn Hammond chalked it up to home-course advantage.

With their three varsity players combining on a team score of 282, the host Bears won Tuesday’s Rifle Invitational girls golf tournament.

“It’s definitely tough if you haven’t played it before, especially on the back nine,” the senior said of tournament site Rifle Creek Golf Course. “There are some tough things, like you can’t see where the hole is. It’s a tough course, so we definitely had a little bit of home-course advantage.”



Taylor Walters’ 81 led the Bears and landed the sophomore individual medalist honors on a course with which she’s very familiar.

“I love this course,” she said. “I grew up at this course.”



Walters’ day featured three birdies, which dropped on the fourth, 12th and 17th holes. After a triple bogey on No. 3 and a double bogey on No. 16, those birdies were much needed.

“I think that’s the most birdies I’ve had in a round,” she relayed. “I was just really happy because, after my triple, I finished really strong. I just let that go and had a strong ending. I was really happy with that.”

Walters was also happy with the rounds her teammates turned in. Hammond’s 94 netted her third place in the individual standings. Alyx Carter shot a 107.

“My team did great today,” Walters said. “We had a couple of [holes we struggled with], but we did good as a team. Individually, I think we did really well, too.”

Added Hammond: “The momentum is definitely picking up for everybody. We all have kind of good and bad days, but I think we’re all going solid.”

Next on the schedule for the Bears is the April 29 Moffat County Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

Sierra Weast was Glenwood Springs’ lone competitor in Rifle on Tuesday. She shot a 115.

Kendra Hill led Grand Valley at Rifle Creek, carding a 112. Amanda Jablonsky carded a 131 and Misty Bowen finished with a 140.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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