Derby leads Glenwood Springs to tourney win
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Tasha Derby wore a look of frustration as she walked off the ninth hole at Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Thursday.
One would never have guessed the Glenwood Springs senior had just polished off the best tournament round of her young life. But Derby knew she could have cut a stroke or two down the stretch and lowered her Glenwood Springs Invitational-winning score of 85.
“My last four holes … ,” she lamented.
Derby shot a 41 on the front nine at the course affectionately known as The Hill, following that up with a 44 on her second go-around on the nine-hole course.
Derby beat out teammate Michelle Stripp by three strokes to win her second Glenwood Invite in three years. Derby last won it as a sophomore.
Brittaney Cole carded a 94 to finish third, followed by Kelsey Warkentin with a 96 and Haley Peterson with a 100 to round out an all-Demon top five at the three-school tourney.
And so continued a stellar season for Glenwood’s girls golfers, who won the team title and have yet to lose to a 4A school so far in 2009.
“The team’s looking really good this year,” Stripp said. “We have strong players. A lot of people have stepped up. It’s always close between our third and fourth and fifth spots.”
As was the case on a frigid Thursday that featured a little morning snow. The cold weather definitely presented challenges.
“It was wet and fast, but slow at the same time. If that makes sense,” said Cole, who said deciding how to approach her shots never came easily.
Stripp nearly did the splits on her opening tee shot, slipping as she swung.
The three-team tourney was originally scheduled for April 6, but was postponed by inclement weather, weather that resurfaced to a lesser extent for the redo. But the skies eventually cleared for Glenwood and guests Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.
“We just wanted to play,” Demons coach Kathy Whiting said. “We just wanted to get three holes in ” or six, or nine ” and call it a tournament. It just got nicer and nicer. It turned out to be a nice day.”
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