Demons, Reynolds roll at home invite
GSPI Sports Editor
With rain falling and the possibility of snow early Monday morning, Glenwood Springs High School girls coach Kathy Whiting had to decide whether to hold the scheduled Demon Invitational golf tournament or let the weather shut down the event.
By Monday afternoon she was glad she allowed the players to push through the morning drizzle at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.
“Coach Whiting was like, the men do it, so the girls can do it too,” Glenwood golfer Kammi Ivie said of playing in the rain.
And the Glenwood girls, in particular, “did it.”
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Five Demon golfers finished in the top 10, including tournament champ Jacy Reynolds, as Glenwood rolled to a team title at the Demon Invitational, held at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.
“It’s nice to be in the medals,” added Reynolds. “I’m proud we actually pulled it off.”
Glenwood finished at 284, well ahead of Grand Junction’s second-place Central High School at 300. Gunnison was third at 314 and Rifle placed eighth at 404.
It was the first time in Whiting’s six years as coach the Demons won their home invitational.
“We’ve got one of the strongest teams that we’ve ever had,” Whiting said.
Junior Jacy Reynolds led the Demons with a round of 90. Accustomed to carding rounds in the mid-80s on her home course, she wasn’t particularly pleased with the score. But the mark was solid considering the conditions.
“I think the girls were disappointed (with their scores), but I’m satisfied, for a day we could have canceled the tournament, with how it went,” Whiting said. “And it’s good we won our own tournament. It gives the girls a sense of pride.”
But it was the putter that got Reynolds going, sinking a 25-footer on No. 5.
“That got me pumped,” Reynolds said. “I had a few pars after that.
“My short game was pretty consistent,” she added. “My driving and woods were pretty ugly.”
In three tournaments this season, Reynolds has yet to finish lower than third.
Three players shot 96, with the tiebreaker going to Glenwood’s MaiLe Keller. Central’s Valorie Hoppe and Cedaredge’s Emma Watson had the same score for third and fourth, respectively.
Although only three golfers from each team counted toward the scoring, the Demons showed their depth.
Ivie tied for fifth at 98, Amanda Whiting ” playing in her first competitive tournament ” carded a 102 for eighth and freshman Anna Herr was 10th at 109.
“It’s nice this year that we really have some depth,” Whiting said.
Grand Valley’s low score came from Niki Loschke at 118. Kelsey Mallociat had the best round for Rifle with 127.
For more results see Scoreboard on page 15.
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