Improving Demons win own tournament
Two months ago most of the members of Glenwood Springs’ girls golf team barely knew how to grip a golf club.
After winning Tuesday’s Glenwood Invitational, the seniorless Demons are starting to building a legacy future Glenwood teams will be measured against.
“I’m really proud of what the girls did today,” said coach Kathy Whiting. “This was a good boost for us to do well at our house.”
And the Demons put their home advantage to good use.
Playing in the familiar surroundings of the nine-hole Glenwood Springs Golf Course in West Glenwood, the Demons shot a combined 302, bettering the team from Aspen and Basalt high school’s score by 56 strokes.
Freshman Jacy Reynolds shot an eight over par 44 on the front nine hole before tiring, but still managed to card a 95 in 18 holes.
Reynolds’ score was the lowest among Glenwood’s seven varsity players, and earned her second place.
Gunnison senior Lindsay Browder, playing as a solo won the individual title by shooting an 86.
Two other Demons, Amanda Kitchens and Ashley Herr, finished the tournament in third and fourth place with respective scores of 102 and 106.
Tracey Hawkins’ 129 earned her seventh place, two strokes ahead of teammate Ali Tonozzi, who finished the day at 131. Becky Brown and Andrea Collier shot scores of 145 and 153 respectively.
Liz Floyd had the best round among the three Aspen/Basalt golfers. She concluded the tournament in fifth place with a score of 107. Jessie Smith was sixth at 115 and Lydia Fabian shot a ninth-place 136.
The Demon junior varsity also won the team tournament championship.
Led by freshman Maile Keller’s nine-hole round of 63, Glenwood bested Battle Mountain by nine strokes with a combined 202, compared to the Huskies’ total of 211.
Demon Kammi Ivie fired a 67 for second place. Cassie Croissant’s 72 tied her for sixth with Battle Mountain’s Courtney Davis. Kimmy Brown finished in eighth place with a 75.
Samantha Davis had Battle Mountain’s best round among the five JV golfers. She finished with a 69 to place her third overall in the individual scoring. Laura Ballard, Aspen/Basalt’s lone junior varsity golfer, came in ninth at 79.
This weekend will be a historic moment for the Demon girls golf program.
It will be the first time that Glenwood will send a foursome to the annual, 36-hole Grand Valley Invitational Tournament, which starts Friday afternoon at Battlement Mesa Golf Course,then concludes the next day at Rifle Creek.
“There’s going to be a lot of good competition and the GVI draws a great field,” Whiting said, referring to the number of Class 5A schools from the Front Range who normally participate.
“We’re proud to be in the tournament, and we look to play our very best. We’ll be setting goals and trying to improve our scores.”
” If our girls come out of that tournament saying, `You know I did my best,’ that’s all you can do.”
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