Demons’ Reynolds breaks through for state berth
There’s an old adage in golf – “Drive for show, putt for dough.”
Glenwood Springs sophomore Jacy Reynolds worked on her putting this season and the result is the Demons’ first-ever girls qualifier for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament.
“She really improved her putting, and that’s been one of the key factors for her,” Glenwood Springs High School girls golf coach Kathy Whiting said.
“I’ve probably dropped about 15 strokes by doing that,” Reynolds said of her improvement on the greens.
Reynolds tied for eighth with a round of 104 in Tuesday’s Western Regional Golf Tournament held at Cotton Ranch Golf Club in Gypsum. The mark qualified her for the State Tournament and also earned her this week’s Glenwood Springs High School McDonald’s Athlete of the Week honors.
Reynolds didn’t enter the season thinking she would be the first girls player to represent Glenwood at the State Tournament. But, as the season progressed and she gained confidence in her game, the tourney became an attainable goal.
“In the tournaments throughout the season I was shooting in the 90s, and from then on I thought I had a chance if I just focused,” Reynolds said.
In the six tournaments prior to regionals, Reynolds finished second three times, fourth once and sixth twice.
And she seems to be peaking at the right time. Reynolds shot a season-low 85 in the regular-season finale Aspen on Friday.
The two-day state tournament is slated for May 19-20 at the West Woods Golf Course in Arvada. Other area qualifiers include Rifle’s Jenny Hughes and Caitlin Wagner.
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