Chastain paces Bears to second at Rifle Creek Invite
Ashley Chastain shot in the 80s for the first time this season to lead the Rifle girls golf team to a second-place showing at Wednesday’s 10-team Rifle Creek Invitational at Rifle Creek Golf Course.Chastain carded an 88, good for fourth place individually, and the Bears’ team score of 289 shaved nine strokes off their best mark of the season.”(Chastain) had such a big grin on her face,” Rifle coach Scott Zevin said. “It’s fun to be around her after that type of round. The whole team did really well.”Central High School, of Grand Junction, won the team title with two golfers in the top three and a team total of 272. Aspen’s Kristin Walla posted a round of 79 for the individual crown.Rifle boasted three golfers in the top 10. Joining Chastain was Trisha Wailes, tied for fifth, and Kelsey Mallicoat, tied for seventh, at 100 and 101, respectively. “We did well,” said Zevin, who admitted it was an advantage playing on their home course. “Some of the other teams in front of us didn’t show, but we definitely feel confident, and we’re going to start building from here.”Carrie Kreimier and Kori Koscht rounded out the Rifle varsity players with rounds of 107 and 113. Central’s Valorie Hoppe and Melissa Martin took second and third with rounds of 83 and 85, respectively, in front of Chastain. All the players had to deal with changing weather that went from sunny in the morning to windy conditions toward the end of the round.”Our weather was pretty brutal,” said Zevin, who estimated the wind kicked up to 10-15 mph.Grand Valley had three players entered in the tournament. Danielle Noble carded the low round for the Cardinals at 135. Dani Gonzalez scored a 150, and Leslie Langston came in at 169.Rifle, Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs are all scheduled to compete in the Bulldog Invitational at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig on Monday.Rifle, Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs are all scheduled to compete in the Bulldog Invitational at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig on Monday.
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