Demons win regional golf title
Buoyed by a pair of top-five finishes, the Glenwood Springs girls golf team won its first 4A Western Regional team title Tuesday at the Black Canyon Golf Club at Montrose.With the team title, all four members of the Demons squad – Jacy Reynolds, Kammi Ivie, Emily Hauptli and Lisa Richards – qualify for the 4A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Cotton Ranch Club in Gypsum.Reynolds and Ivie, as they have all season, paced the Demons at regionals. Reynolds finished with an 82 on the par-70 course, good for second individually. Ivie wasn’t far behind, earning a three-way tie for third at 89. Aspen’s Kristin Walla took top individual honors with a 77.”The front nine was a little rough,” Reynolds said. “The back nine, I started pulling through a little bit.” Yes, she did, highlighted by her third eagle of the season on the par-5 16th.”(On No. 16) she was on in two and made the putt. On 13 she drove the green on the par-4,” Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting said. “So she’s really hitting it well, she’s hitting it long.” Reynolds’ rebuilding of her swing seems to be paying off at the right time. “I’ve been doing some reconstruction with my swing, and I’m trying to master the little things,” Reynolds said. “My distance has probably picked up at least 10-15 yards, but I still have a lot of work to do with that.”Emily Hauptli carded a 101 for the third consecutive tournament, and Lisa Richards rounded out the Glenwood squad with a 106.Glenwood finished with a team total of 272, 18 strokes better than second-place Moffat County. Battle Mountain was third, and Rifle was fourth.With the qualifying cut at 97, Ashley Chastain was the only state qualifier for Rifle with a sixth-place finish at 90. Rifle’s Trisha Wailes finished at 100, followed by Kelsey Mallicoat (103) and Carrie Kreimier (109).Niki Loschke snuck at 96 to give Grand Valley a representative at the state tourney. Due to illness, two of the Cardinals ‘players either didn’t finish or didn’t make it to the tournament. Dani Gonzalez was the only other Grand Valley player to finish the tournament, with a 161.
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