Demon girls golf team tooled to recreate success of 2008 |

Demon girls golf team tooled to recreate success of 2008

Jeff Caspersen

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The health of the Glenwood Springs girls golf program is at an all-time high.

The Demons are the reigning Western Regional champs and finished third at the 4A state meet last year. Returning two of 2008’s three state qualifiers in seniors Michelle Stripp and Tasha Derby, Glenwood likely won’t skip a beat in 2009.

Further, Glenwood’s not only running with big numbers, but with a lot of quality in those numbers. Some 20 golfers are out this spring and quite a few of them are brimming with potential.

“I’ve been calling all the coaches (who are hosting tournaments) and asking, ‘Can we have an A and a B team?’,” Demons coach Kathy Whiting joked. “It’s a nice team. Last year we started with 22 and finished with about 16. This year we’ve got 20, and it looks like they’re staying. It looks like they’re pretty well committed and wanting to get out there.”

Derby, Stripp and Brittaney Cole lead the pack, and Whiting expects four or five other girls to vie for a spot in the Demons’ top four. Among them: Kelsey Warkentin, Haley Peterson, Stephanie Wilson and Keevyn Scholl.

“They’re all such great girls,” Whiting said. “If a person could just take a couple teams. Only four go to regionals. But even though they’re competing against each other, they’re all very supportive of each other.”

Glenwood gets its season started today with a match play triangular at Delta. Montrose will also attend.

PARACHUTE ” Mike Johnson’s an old hat at coaching multiple sports, having been both Grand Valley’s football and girls basketball coach much of the past decade.

This spring, he’s adding a third sport to the fray. He’ll be the Cardinals’ girls golf coach.

Johnson will direct a relatively inexperienced team led by junior Katy Brown and sophomore Jessica Bell. All told, Grand Valley’s team consists of six golfers.

“It’s a fun group,” Johnson said. “I don’t expect us to be in the running to win many tournaments, but the kids want to get out and golf. And they wanted me to be their coach, so I’m filling in until they find someone who’s a true golfer.”

The Cardinals tee off their season with Fruita Monument’s March 16 tournament at Adobe Creek National Golf Course.

PEACH VALLEY ” Coal Ridge and Rifle will be joining forces as one girls golf team this season, playing under Coal Ridge’s name.

The Bears would have had just three girls had they had their own team. Rifle’s top player, Loren Forney, moved away. She took fourth at state last year as a sophomore.

Coal Ridge will play its first tournament at Grand Junction’s Bookcliff Country Club on March 30.

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