Bears, Demons scores improve
CARBONDALE – Jenny Hughes said luck had a lot to do with her sixth-place finish at Monday’s River Valley Ranch Invitational.
Don’t be fooled by that statement. After going through some early-season problems, Rifle’s No. 1 golfer has found her stroke.
The 96 that Hughes carded on the Carbondale golf course was the best round to date for the Bear junior, who attributed her score to better play.
“I made some lucky shots today. I don’t think I could do that again,” said Hughes. “But, I am definitely playing better.”
And going by the scores, most golfers playing in the nine-team tournament followed Hughes’ lead.
Team champion Eagle Valley, whose combined 260 team score was 17 strokes better than second-place Palisade’s 277, had three of its golfers finish among the top five individuals.
Individually, 12 golfers completed the course with scores of 99-or-better.
Three of the 12 who shot under the century mark were golfers from Rifle or Glenwood Springs high schools.
Aspen’s Kristen Walla won the individual title by shooting an 82, one stroke better than Charly Hoehn of Gypsum Eagle Valley. Erin Sterkel, also of Eagle Valley, was third. Melissa Rupp from Palisade was fourth.
Hughes had the lowest score among area golfers.
Skylar Bell was right behind her Bear teammate with a 96.
Bell’s score earned her a ninth-place tie with Eagle Valley’s Mandy Preston.
Glenwood’s Kammi Ivie, who shot a career-best 99, finished 12th on the individual scoreboard.
Demon coach Kathy Whiting said practice and a passion for golf has led to Ivie’s improvement since joining the Demon varsity this season.
“Kammi practices golf all the time, either outside on the course or inside on a practice mat,” Whiting said. “She wants to play golf, she is very coachable and her skills have improved over the season.”
Ivie’s skills allowed the Demon sophomore to record one of two birdies by a Glenwood golfer on Monday. Both golfers’ scores came on the back nine.
Ali Tonozzi also earned an award pin for the accomplishment by chipping in a shot on No. 18.
The Glenwood senior ended with a 115 – a 17-stroke improvement from last week’s total at the Demon Invitational at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club course.
Demons Michelle Whidden and Ashley Herr concluded the tournament with scores of 103 and 105, respectively.
Rifle’s Christian Holybee and Caitlyn Wagner came in at 107 and 110.
The Demons and Bears resume play Thursday in the Montrose Invitational at the Montrose Golf Course.
Prep Girls’ Golf
River Valley Ranch Invitational
River Valley Ranch GC, Carbondale
Team Scores: 1, Eagle Valley, 260. 2, Palisade, 277. 3, Rifle, 296. 4, Glenwood Springs Red 307. 5, Aspen, 308. 6, Montrose, 314. 7, Gunnison, 316. 8, Battle Mountain, 362. 9, Glenwood Springs White, 368.
Kristen Walla, Aspen – 82
Charly Hoehn, Eagle Valley – 83
Erin Sterkel, Eagle Valley – 87
Melissa Rupp, Palisade – 89
Miranda Cox, Eagle Valley – 90
Jenny Hughes, Rifle – 93
Suzie Edwards, Palisade – 93
Heidi Waterhouse, Palisade – 95
Skylar Bell, Rifle – 96
Mandy Preston, Eagle Valley – 96
Stephanie Bolling, Montrose – 98
Kammi Ivie, Glenwood Springs Red – 99
Andrea Carricato, Gunnison – 102
Michelle Whidden, Glenwood Springs Red – 103
Liz Woods, Aspen – 103
Ashley Herr, Glenwood Springs Red – 105
Lauren Becker, Montrose – 106
Christian Holybee, Rifle – 107
Shellie Martin, Gunnison – 107
Julie Walter, Gunnison – 107
Zori Liotta, Battle Mtn. – 108
Alison Muhr, Montrose – 110
Deshka Walker, Montrose – 110
Caitlyn Wagner, Rifle – 111
Megan Berry, Montrose – 111
Maile Keller, Glenwood Springs Red – 112
Lisa Goldman, Gunnison – 114
Kim Friesen, Palisade – 114
Ali Tonozzi, Glenwood Springs Red – 115
Autumn Caughern, Basalt – 117
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