Walters wins at home
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – Taylor Walters isn’t fretting as much on the golf course, and it’s showing.
The Rifle High School junior notched her second tournament win in as many days on Tuesday, carding an 80 to take top honors at the Bears’ home invitational.
A day earlier at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, Walters shot a 76 and then held off Montrose’s Kala Keltz in a playoff to win medalist honors.
“This week is a really good week for me,” she said. “I think I finally just started relaxing and being OK with a bad shot. I’ve been able to recover. I’m just kind of taking it shot by shot and not really looking at the big picture. I’m relaxed and more positive, and that’s really helped me the last few days.”
Walters appeared to feel right at home at Rifle Creek Golf Course, where she has spent a good chunk of her childhood honing her game.
“It means a lot to win my home tournament,” she said. “That was fun.”
Walters’ teammates turned in solid days as well.
Senior Allison Powell finished with a fourth-place 90 and sophomore Alyx Carter had a 104 to help the Bears to second in the team standings. Montrose, which had Keltz finish second individually with an 84 and Madison Gill place third with an 86, won the team title.
“The whole season’s been a success,” Bears coach Britt Choate said. “All three of the girls, almost every tournament, if it were a qualifier for state, would have qualified for state. All three of them.”
That bodes well for Rifle, which heads to Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison on Tuesday for the 4A Western Regional. There, golfers will vie for trips to the May 21-22 state tournament at Boomerang Golf Links in Greeley.
“We’ll see what it comes down to Tuesday,” Choate said. “They’ve all been shooting good rounds and they’re just consistently getting better each time they play a tournament.”
Also placing in the top 10 at Rifle was Coal Ridge’s Melissa Steinbach and Glenwood Springs’ Caroline Tham-Johansson. The two finished in a tie for ninth with 94s.
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