Demons shoot for regional title
Post Independent Staff
Kathy Whiting is hesitant to say it, but the Demons have a strong chance of earning the school’s first regional golf title today.
The scores the Glenwood girls put up at the Black Canyon Golf Club two weeks ago back up the coach’s guarded optimism about the regional tournament in Montrose.
“When we played the course, the closest 4A school was Montrose ” and they were 23 strokes back of us,” Whiting said. “The course is in pretty good shape. It’s a flat course, and it can get cold out there. But, that’s not a problem for us.”
Using last week’s numbers from the Ashley Forey Tournament in Golden, the Demons appear to like cold weather.
Class 4A Glenwood beat out a number of 5A schools for a second-place finish at the 40-team annual tournament at the Rolling Hills Country Club.
Individually, Jacy Reynolds shot an 80 ” her all-time best score in a tournament ” on the par-73 course. The Demons senior, according to CHSAA standings, has the seventh-best tournament average in the classification.
The last time Reynolds played the Black Canyon course, she carded an 84.
“Jacy should push the No. 1 window pretty hard,” Whiting said. Kristin Walla, of Aspen, will challenge Reynolds for the top spot at Regionals.
Walla, ranked No. 2 overall, is the only Western Slope golfer with a higher ranking than Reynolds. Kammi Ivie, Glenwood’s No. 2 player, is a few slots back in the rankings at No. 11.
“Kammi and Jacy have been just a few strokes away from each other all season,” Whiting said.
She come into today’s tournament fresh off a round of 89 at the Ashley Forey tournament.
In team golf, the top three scores from a team’s four golfers are added together to determine the winner. That’s where Glenwood’s depth comes into play.
Lisa Richards and Emily Hauptli, Whiting said, “are capable of getting into state on their own without winning the team championship.”
At Golden, Hauptli’s 101 was the mark that broke the tie for second with 5A Cherry Creek. Richards finished two strokes back of her teammate at 103.
“The really cool thing about Lisa and Emily is they had never picked up a golf club until last year,” Whiting said. “If they shoot what they have been doing the last two weeks, they should be pretty tough.”
Rifle and Grand Valley are also part of the field.
The young Bears have improved during the season and could slip an individual or two among the top golfers on the leaderboard.
Ashley Chastain has lowered her scores to the mid-90s the last few tournaments. Grand Valley senior Nikki Loschke is also ready for the challenge.
“I’ve never played (the course),” said Loschke, who added that her biggest worry is a recent back injury. “I don’t think about it, and I think I’ll be OK at regionals.”
All players from the team champion from each regional tournament advance to the 36-hole state tournament.
The qualification for individuals is convoluted. Whiting said that the 10 lowest scores, other than the team champion, advance. But that’s not always the case. Instead, the coach prefers to take the positive approach with the team.
“I anticipate us playing well,” she said. “We need to not think about the past, not count our scores before getting done and play as well as we can do. If we stay on the present tense, we’ll be fine.”
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