Glenwood Springs Demons golf their way to regional title
DELTA, Colorado – As the only senior on the Glenwood Springs girls golf team, Maggee Becker was expected to lead the Demons at the Western Regional Championship Golf Tournament Tuesday at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta.She did that and then some.Becker shot an 80 through 18 holes to tie for first and went on to win the one-hole playoff to claim sole possession of the individual regional title.”I am pretty surprised. I started off with a bogey and then got some pars, some birdies and some more pars,” Becker said. “It was a nice day.”As if that wasn’t enough, Becker’s 80 combined with Michelle Stripp’s 88 and Natasha Derby’s 99 to give Glenwood a team score of 267 – which made the Demons the team champions.”We are pretty excited,” Becker said. The Demon threesome’s total edged 2006 and ’07 team champion Rifle by three strokes.”We beat them by a little squeak,” said Glenwood Springs head coach Kathy Whiting, who last led the Demons to a regional title in 2005.Glenwood left the course with three pieces of hardware including a championship plaque for the team, a first-place medal for Becker and a sixth-place medal for Stripp.Rifle’s No. 1 golfer, and last year’s regional champion, Loren Forney, took third in the individual standings with an 81, only one stroke behind Becker and Montrose’s Meghan Innes. Forney’s teammates Kori Kosht and Mercedes Bolado hit rounds of 91 and 98, respectively.After all the golfers completed 18 holes and it was calculated that Becker and Innes had tied, both golfers returned to the course for the playoff. They returned to the par-four, No. 9 hole where Becker got off to a good start.”She had a prefect drive, a perfect second shot, a perfect third shot and then got a little excited putting,” Whiting said.Becker finished with a bogey on the hole, which beat out Innes and sealed her championship.As the Western Regional Champion and runner-up, both Glenwood Springs and Rifle will be taking all three of their golfers to the Class 4A state golf championships to be played at Rollings Hills Country Club in Golden May 19-20.The Coal Ridge and Grand Valley girls golf teams also played in the tournament. Coal Ridge was led by Mini Kanakaraj, who hit a 114 and helped the Titans to a team score of 354. Katie Brown was the top golfer for Grand Valley, hitting a 118. The Cardinals finished with a team score of 437.
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