An ace in the hole for Demons
Cotton Ranch Club isn’t the Demons’ home course, but Gypsum is close enough for Glenwood Springs head coach Kathy Whiting to call it the team’s ace in the hole.The course for the Class 4A Girls Golf State Championship can fool golfers.And it could cause some difficulty for players from the Front Range who aren’t familiar with its nuances – not to mention the narrow, long fairways.”It can eat you alive,” Whiting said.”The first time (on Cotton Ranch) some of my girls came off crying,” Whiting added. “These girls won’t come off crying.”Glenwood has four girls in the tournament after claiming the regional title. For seniors Jacy Reynolds and Kammi Ivie, the two-day tournament that starts today is a last chance at prep glory before taking their golf game to the college level. For juniors Emily Hauptli and Lisa Richards, it’s a chance to get some state experience early in their playing careers.Reynolds makes her third consecutive trip to the state tournament, and the 00Colorado High School Activities Association ranks her eighth in Class 4A after a stellar season, during which she has been reworking her swing.”This has definitely been the best season of my high school career,” Reynolds said. “I need to stay in the game mentally (at the state tournament). I get really hard on myself and sometimes dig myself a big hole.”Reynolds admitted the course doesn’t suit her style perfectly – particularly the front nine, where placement is more important than power – but she and her teammates know where the trouble is.”We know that course,” Whiting said. “Jacy and Kammi have played it several times each.”Course: see page 14Course: see page 14And Ivie really likes the course. She has books and players’ notes on Cotton Ranch and also carded her first birdie on the eighth hole – one of the holes on the course Whiting said “doesn’t read quite right.””I’ve always shot pretty good scores there,” said Ivie, ranked 13th in 4A. “I like the geography and the No. 8, I always do pretty good on that one.”For their part, Hauptli and Richards don’t mind being along for the ride with the two seniors – not to mention having a shot at winning at team title in just their second year of golf.”The fact that they’ve only played about 11 rounds of golf in their life is incredible,” Whiting said of Hauptli and Richards.Hauptli and Richards don’t have any huge goals individually, but realize if they can shoot in the 90s, the Demons have a shot at the team title.”I don’t think I really have expectations, I’ve already exceeded them,” said Hauptli, who hasn’t broken into double digits, but has three straight rounds of 101. “Everybody is looking to play well and have fun with it. I didn’t expect to be there.””This year I’m really going for the experience,” added Reynolds. “I really have nothing to lose.”Along with the Demons squad, two other area golfers are also in action at the state meet. Rifle’s Ashley Chastain carded a round of 90 for sixth place at the regional meet, and Grand Valley’s Niki Loschke qualified with a round of 96.
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