Former Rifle golfer tops at new school |

Former Rifle golfer tops at new school

Phil Sandoval
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Loren Forney has made the move to Central very smoothly and is now the Grand Junction school's top golfer.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” When it comes to golf, Loren Forney is no Cinderella.

Yet, donning the slipper as Central’s No. 1 golfer, formerly worn by Melissa Martin, “feels really weird. But I like it,” she said.

“Melissa was my idol and my friend. I’m not trying to take over her spot. I probably could never be Melissa, so I try not to get that into my mind because that would ruin me. I just have to be me.”

Playing her game has produced winning results. In her early weeks as a Warrior, the transition has come easily for the Rifle High School transfer, who moved to Grand Junction last summer.

Forney won each of her first two events, shooting an individual low round 76 at Adobe Creek in Fruita back on March 16 and then following that effort the next day with a 78 to win the Bulldog Invitational at Lincoln Park by five strokes over Jordan Fellhauer of Grand Junction.

“(Those) two days were good scores for me,” said Forney. “But I always feel that I can do better.”

Forney’s goal to improve is aided by dedicating the season to her deceased cousin, Erica, who died in a automobile accident last Thanksgiving.

“She was 9 years old,” Forney said. “I’m dedicating playing for her because she’s not here anymore. I want to show her that I can do it.”

Off to a fine start, Forney’s ready to tackle the next part of her 2009 challenge ” matching shots with the best of the Class 5A level after qualifying the last two years to the state 4A tournament as a Rifle Bear.

“There’s a few differences,” she said. “But it’s really kind of the same. There’s probably more competition in 5A because of the Denver schools. And I’m definitely excited to be competing with the girls up there in Denver.”

Preparing herself for 5A opponents is easier, Forney said, due to Grand Junction’s climate.

“I enjoy it a lot because it’s warm down here all of the time, so I get to play golf every day.”

Enrolling at Central the start of the school year along with a longtime friendship with new teammate Angela Marquez eased the transition.

“Angela and I have known each other since I was 12. She was very excited for me to be at Central because we played golf together (before). It has gone good so far,” Forney said.

Getting to know all of the Central golfers was a tough task for Forney.

“We have a lot of girls on our team. I wasn’t expecting that,” she explained. “I’m starting to get to know the other girls. We like to have fun during practice ,and I think we are.”

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