Glenwood High girls win 2nd straight golf title
BATTLEMENT MESA — Glenwood Springs High School’s girls tennis team won its second consecutive tournament title, and Rifle High freshman Elly Walters claimed medalist honors in her first varsity tournament during the seven-team Grand Valley Invitational tournament at Battlement Mesa Golf Course.
Glenwood, which claimed a team victory in the season-opening Chepeta Championship Kickoff tournament this past Monday in Grand Junction, also four golfers finish with a score of 108 or lower. That netted them a final team score of 289, with Rifle and Grand Junction finishing tied for second place at 305.
Walters, the daughter of coach Roger Walters, finished with a first-place score of 79 to earn a two-stroke victory over Lauren Murphy, a freshman at Colorado Rocky Mountain School who is playing for Glenwood. Walters recovered from a front-nine score of 43 by carding a back-nine 36 to claim victory.
Finishing third overall was three-time state qualifier Melissa Steinbach of Coal Ridge, who carded a 94. The Titans managed a fifth-place finish in the team standing with a score of 384, with Eagle Valley placing fourth with a 314.
Murphy also earned medalist honors during Glenwood’s tournament victory at Chepeta, carding a 67 on the par-60 course. On Friday at Battlement Mesa, she was joined by Audrey Jones’ 103, Melissa Thrun’s 105, Callie Jones’ 108 and a 122 from Hanica LaGiglia.
Rifle also got a 113 from Toni Booth and Savannah Seay, with Kaitlin Morgan carding a 117 and Jacey Hauer a 133.
Macey Elmer shot a 143 and Brittany Rhodes a 147 for Coal Ridge. For host Grand Valley, which finished sixth in the team standings, Erika Anderson had a 122, Jori Dovey shot a 132, and Taila Holbrook finished with a 141.
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