Glenwood Springs golfers in seventh after state tourney’s first day
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs High School’s girls golfers walked off the links at Patty Jewett Golf Course wishing for a mulligan.
Fast greens and big yardage left the Demon threesome with bigger scores than they’d hoped for in Monday’s opening round of the Class 4A state tournament in Colorado Springs.
Turns out, most everyone else in the 84-golfer state field experienced similar frustration. Only 20 golfers broke 90 as the two-day state tourney got off to a wild start.
“It seems like everybody had a bad day,” said Glenwood junior Kelsey Warkentin, who carded a 100. “It adds a little bit of relief. Still, I know I can do better. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
One Demon remains in the hunt for a top-10 individual finish.
Despite battling through eight three-putts, senior Michelle Stripp posted an 85 and sits in a tie for eighth place.
“My score’s alright,” said a frustrated Stripp, who finished fifth at state last spring. “It’s not as good as I hoped, but I hit the ball good. I just couldn’t putt. If my putting comes around, I’ll be good.”
Senior Tasha Derby rounded out Glenwood’s team score of 286 with a 101. Through Monday, the Demons were seventh in the team standings, 27 strokes back of first-place Salida.
Fast greens, much faster than what the Demons contended with in a Sunday practice round at Patty Jewett, wreaked havoc on many a golfer’s short game.
“Those greens are tough for us,” Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting said. “When we played them (Sunday), they hadn’t been rolled or mowed. We got on them today and they were super fast. That threw them off. And then they dried out a little bit and they were a little faster.”
Added Derby: “The greens changed so much from yesterday (Sunday). … Putting and chipping (were hard). I had good chips, but the ball would just shoot and roll straight past the hole, pretty far. It was hard to putt on the fast greens. Yesterday, it was really bumpy. The ball would hit the bumps and stop. Today, they’d keep going.”
Two golfers managed to work around the fast turf. Better than anyone else, anyway.
Salida’s Emily Wood shot a 75 to claim the opening-day lead. Evergreen’s Christina Spinzig, who carded a 76, sat at second. Wood and Spinzig were the only two in the 70s.
Last year’s state champ, Elizabeth Kresock of Colorado Academy, shot an 85 and is one of three in a tie for eighth.
With a round under everyone’s belt and lessons learned, Glenwood’s trio hopes today breeds a better round.
“We’ll see what happens,” Whiting said. “I think the girls will be really positive coming out here. I think we’ll be real positive.”
Derby will lead off the day for the Demons with a 10 a.m. tee time. She’ll start on the back nine. Stripp and Warkentin are scheduled to tee off at 10:09 a.m., Stripp on the front nine and Warkentin on the back nine.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.