Clubbin’ Cub: Rifle’s Forney third after Round 1 at state
WINDSOR As well as she’s playing as a freshman, it’s scary to think how good Rifle’s Loren Forney might be as a senior.The youngster more than held her own with the upperclassmen on Monday, carding a first-round 77 to carry third place into the second day of the Class 4A girls state golf tournament at Windsor’s Highland Meadows Golf Course.Forney shot a par 35 on the back nine to secure the day’s 6-over-par score. She did it in a group that included one of the state’s best: Mullen’s Maggie Boberg, who last year placed second at state.”She had an absolutely awesome, wonderful day,” Rifle coach Penny Sykes said. “She loves to tee off with the best. The cool part of it is that all these girls she’s up against are seniors.”Boberg finished up with a 75, and sits a stroke behind leader Elizabeth Kresock of Colorado Academy. Making the top of the leaderboard all the more wide open, Windsor’s Erica Schlomer is a mere stroke behind Forney for fourth place.Forney won the Western Slope Regional individual championship in thrilling fashion last week, edging out Moffat County senior Amber Nicholson in a playoff.And how did she follow that up? With her best high school round ever, and Sykes couldn’t be prouder.”She’s a good little golfer,” she said. “She’s a hard worker, a hard grinder. She gets the job done.”Forney’s next-best high school round was a 79, which she got earlier this season at Cotton Ranch Golf Club. But that score didn’t stand up because the meet at which she shot it wound up getting rained out.Rifle, which won the regional team title, sat at fourth in the state team standings with a first-day total of 264. Windsor and Colorado Academy shared first at 255, and Evergreen occupied third place at 261.With a 265, Mullen lurked just behind Rifle. So did Cañon City, putting a 266 on the scoreboard.Senior Ashley Chastain shot a 91 and Kori Kosht fired a 96 to round out the Bears’ 264. Carrie Kreimier carded a 124, though team scores comprise only a squad’s top three marks.Glenwood Springs’ Maggee Becker and Michelle Stripp were also among the field of 72 at state, representing the Demons as individual state qualifiers. Becker, a junior who is making her first state appearance along with Stripp, led the pair with a 91. Stripp, a sophomore, fired a 93.”I’m pretty pleased with their effort,” Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting said. “The girls came into the round with a positive attitude. They had a good practice round the day before.”A late-day rain delay stranded Becker and her group on Hole 9 for about an hour, delaying her finish. No matter how the Demon duo finishes up today’s closing round, Whiting likes the mix of youngsters and veterans she’ll be charged with coaching next year.”We should be pretty tough,” she forecasted. “We’ll get that year of state experience. It’s kind of nice to send a couple to state, so now they have that experience to pass on.”
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