Glenwood Springs High School’s Whiting nabs coaching honor |

Glenwood Springs High School’s Whiting nabs coaching honor

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen/Post IndependentGlenwood Springs golfer Michelle Stripp (left) and Rifle's Loren Forney (right) were named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado 4A girls golf first team. The two, shown here lugging their golf bags through the second day of the state tournament in Golden on May 20, each finished in the top five at state.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Glenwood Springs, Colorado ” Kathy Whiting’s teams have accomplished amazing things in her 11 years as a girls golf coach at Glenwood Springs High School.

They’ve sent at least one golfer to the state tournament each year since 2002, including two last year and three this year. They’ve won two regional titles.

None did what this year’s group did, though, finishing third out of 13 teams at the Colorado Class 4A state tournament at Golden’s Rolling Hills Country Club. The Demons also saw their highest individual finish in history courtesy of junior Michelle Stripp, who shot a two-round score of 164.

Turns out the media took notice, as Whiting earned 4A Coach of the Year honors from the Denver Post last week.

Joining her on the Post’s All-Colorado team was Stripp, who made the first team largely in thanks to her top-five finish at state. Rifle sophomore Loren Forney, who took fourth at state by shooting a 160, also made the first team.

Whiting credits her golfers and an incredibly supportive Glenwood-area golfing community with her Demons’ success ” and her landing the coaching honor.

“It’s kind of a credit to the connections we’ve made, the community connections,” said Whiting. “It’s a community of coaches, the parents, our swing coach Rich Ritter (of Aspen Glen Golf Club), assistant coach Mary Lamb and myself. All these people together have provided support to our girls.”

Whiting said, in building the program, her biggest role is finding her girls to the golf community.

“it’s all about providing opportunities for the girls,” she said. “If they take advantage, they’re going to realize these kinds of successes. A lot want to take advantage. A lot want to climb up that ladder.”

Whiting has always been a huge proponent of helping her golfers find jobs at local courses or golf-related businesses.

“If they work at a course, they quite often get to play free golf,” she said.

The long-term success of the program has paid off in big ways for the Demons, especially in the numbers department. In 2008, Glenwood trotted out a team of 20 golfers between the varsity and junior varsity levels. That’s as big a team as you’ll find on the Western Slope.

And, as far as the Western Slope is concerned, Whiting is happy to be represent the oft-overlooked region alongside Stripp and Forney.

“A lot of times you hear about teams on the Western Slope not getting as much credit as the Eastern Slope,” said Whiting. “This tells you we’ve got good programs over here, with hard-working girls.”

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