Demons ready for Glenwood Invitational
The tee times are set and the players are ready to go.
Now, all the participating teams need to get the annual Glenwood Invitational under way is a cooperating hand from Mother Nature.
The four-team, 18-hole prep girls tournament is scheduled to tee off at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course in West Glenwood, known to local golfers as “The Hill,” at 11 a.m. this morning.
The young and improving Demons will play host to Gunnison, Battle Mountain and the combined Basalt/Roaring Fork/Aspen golf teams as a tune-up for this weekend’s two-day, 36-hole Grand Valley Invitational at Battlement Mesa and Rifle Creek golf courses.
The Demons, who have no seniors on either the varsity or junior varsity teams, have been lowering their personal scores as the season has progressed, said head coach Kathy Whiting.
The coach credits the help the team has received from the local golfing community along with the addition of assistant coach Denise Reynolds to their improvement.
“The key has been having an assistant coach,” Whiting noted. “Dividing the girls into smaller groups allows us to give more individual attention.”
As part of their normal practice plan, one coach takes half the team out on the golf course while the other half works on their strokes in the high school’s gym.
The Demons have gotten additional help from Rich Ritter, a teaching professional from Golf USA, and from the lady golfers at Aspen Glen, who have donated golf balls and lessons.
Whiting said that River Valley Ranch in Carbondale has played a key role by allowing team members to hit balls or play for free throughout the season.
And with that additional help, those efforts are beginning to show on the score cards.
Whiting said that four Demon golfers have set personal records in the last two weeks.
Freshman Jacy Reynolds, Glenwood’s number one varsity golfer, shot a career-best 90 two weeks ago at the Delta Invitational. The score earned her fifth place among individual golfers.
Junior Michelle Whitten fired an even 100 at the Cederedge Invite. Fellow juniors Ali Tonozzi and Stephanie Matthews have also reached personal bests recently.
Whiting also said she’s seen “some really nice improvement,” from a trio of freshmen in Amber Kitchens, Ashley Herr and Andrea Collier.
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