Demon golfers on the rise |

Demon golfers on the rise

Phil Sandoval

Maybe it was the ski hats.Prior to the start of Monday’s Demon girls golf Invitational, Glenwood Springs coach Kathy Whiting reminded her team to outfit themselves for stormy weather at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.The coach’s prediction was right on the nose. And so were the Demons.Collectively, Glenwood’s No. 1 varsity team shot a combined 302 to earn second place. Not only was this the best round to date for the Demon girls, the final score was one shot back of team champ Moffat County’s 301. Overall, Monday was a good day for the Demons.Whiting said eight of the 13 Glenwood golfers on the course recorded their personal best scores of the season.As an added bonus, the Demons earned their first team victory over Rifle in Whiting’s six years as Glenwood’s head coach.The Bears, finishing with a team score of 324, concluded Monday’s nine-team tournament tied for fifth place with Eagle Valley.”It all goes back to the girls’ dedication to the sport and their training,” Whiting said of the Demons’ improvement. “We have girls on the team who practice all year, and it’s starting to show.”Jaci Reynolds is one of the team’s year-round golfers. She fell short of a personal best, but the 98 she posted on the scoreboard earned her third place in individual competition.Reynolds was one of only three golfers on Monday to break 100.The Demon sophomore finished eight shots behind individual tournament champion Brittany Hutton of Moffat County, at 90. Hutton’s teammate Cassi Shafer took second with a 94.Glenwood’s Maile Keller and Ashley Herr, playing on separate white and pink teams, tied for fourth with identical rounds of 101. Jenny Hughes had the best score of Rifle’s golfers. The Bears junior, who finished with 105, tied for ninth place with Glenwood’s Kammi Ivie.Grand Valley took ninth place in the team standings. Its No. 1 golfer, Niki Loschke, finish in four-way tie for 10th place.All three area girls golf teams are scheduled to play in the Delta Invitational at Devils Thumb Golf Course on Friday morning.Demon InvitationalTeam Scores: 1, Moffat County, 301. 2, Glenwood Springs Red, 302. 3, Gunnison, 318, 4, Glenwood Springs White 323, 5 (tie), Rifle and Eagle Valley, 324, 7, Montrose, 341, 8, Glenwood Springs Pink, 346. 9, Grand Valley, 405.Top Individual Scores: 1, Brittany Hutton, Moffat County, 90. 2, Cassi Shafer, Moffat County, 94. 3, Jaci Reynolds, Glenwood Springs Red, 98. 4 (tie), Maile Keller, Glenwood Springs White & Ashley Herr, Glenwood Springs Pink, 101. 6. Shellie Martin, Gunnison, 102. 7 (tie), Mariah Scott, Eagle Valley and Stephanie Bolig, Montrose, 103, 9 (tie), Kammi Ivie, Glenwood Springs Red and Jenny Hughes, Rifle, 104. 10 (tie), Stephanie Matthews, Glenwood Springs White, Niki Loschke, Grand Valley, Andrea Carricato, Gunnison and Caitlin Wagner, Rifle, 105.

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