Glenwood golfers take seventh at 4A state meet |

Glenwood golfers take seventh at 4A state meet

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Kelsey Warkentin tees off on the eighth hole at the 4A state girls golf tournament at Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs. Warkentin and her Demon teammates finished seventh as a team at the two-day tourney.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Nothing went Michelle Stripp’s way on Tuesday. Trees and sprinklers were her worst enemy and the luck she rode to a regional score of 69 two weeks ago was nowhere to be found.

But that’s golf for you.

Some days, everything goes right. Other days, the sport is mercilessly cruel.

Stripp, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, experienced the game’s cruel side in the second round of the Class 4A state girls golf tournament on Tuesday. A 16-over-par 90 gave her a two-day score of 175 and a 15th-place overall finish at Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs. She sat in eighth place after Monday’s opening round.

“I’m in an unlucky bubble,” said Stripp, who plans on attending Mesa State College and playing golf next school year. “I was like in seven divots. … I hit four sprinklers into sands. What else happened? I hit a few trees. There aren’t very many, but I hit them.”

It was a stark contrast to the day she had at the May 5 Western Regional at Montrose’s Cobble Creek Golf Course, where she shot a 69. Everything went right that day.

“Everything just happened,” Stripp recalled. “Chips were going in, putts were going in. Everything was close, right down the middle. I’d hit the lip of a sand trap and it’d bounce up on the green instead of in the sand trap. My luck was just amazing.”

So did she use up all her luck that day?

“I must have,” joked Stripp, who finished fifth at state last year and took 25th there as a sophomore. “It’s waiting. I’ll probably go out tomorrow and shoot like a 64.”

Stripp and her Demon teammates still managed a respectable showing in Colorado Springs, producing a seventh-place finish in the team standings.

Senior Tasha Derby followed up a Monday round of 101 with a 95, while junior Kelsey Warkentin carded a 96 and matched Derby’s two-round score of 196 on the 5,924-yard course. The two finished in a tie for 48th.

“Kelsey and I were really happy that we did better than yesterday,” Derby said.

And so capped a memorable season for the Demons, who won their second straight regional title and were a major player in every tournament they entered.

“It was a good season,” Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting said. “I mean, we won regionals and we virtually won every tournament they played, at least as the top 4A school. They did a great job.”

Salida’s Wood wins it

Salida junior Emily Wood ran away with a state crown, following up her Monday round of 75 with a 3-over-par round of 77 on Tuesday. Kathleen Kershisnik claimed second, finishing seven strokes back of Wood with a two-day total of 159.

Rock Canyon’s golfers combined on a 516 over two days to edge Salida for the team title by nine strokes.

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