Glenwood Springs’ Stripp to tee it up for Mesa State
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Michelle Stripp left quite the stamp on Glenwood Springs High School’s girls golf program.
Three state meet appearances, an individual regional title and the lowest tournament score coach Kathy Whiting’s ever seen from one of her high school golfers are highlights of a resume that landed Stripp a spot on the Mesa State College women’s golf team.
“She’s quite a little record breaker,” Whiting joked. “She’s got a lot of potential. Mesa State’s going to really enjoy having her on their team.”
Potential is what Stripp parlayed into a score of 69 at the Cobble Creek Golf Course-hosted Western Regional in May. The score, a record women’s round at the Montrose course, generated quite the buzz across the Western Slope and even garnered Stripp a look from a Division I school – Colorado State University.
But Stripp wanted the chance to play right away, so she stuck with the school that showed interest from the start.
“[Mesa State’s] a good Division II school and they offered me a scholarship and a spot on the team,” Stripp said. “I like how all of their girls average in the low 80s, and the team travels a lot.”
Stripp is joining a Mesa State roster that featured four freshmen and a sophomore this past school year. The Glenwood grad feels that, with a lot of hard work, she’ll add a ripple to that young pool of talent.
“I definitely need to start playing at longer distances,” she said. “I need to get used to hitting the ball farther and making longer putts.”
Stripp’s been a regular at local courses this summer, rounding her game into better shape with the college golf season, which plays out in the fall and spring, looming. She works at Aspen Glen, and plays there often. She also frequents a number of other Valley courses.
“I work on my short game at The Hill (Glenwood Springs Golf Club),” Stripp said. “On my off days, I go and play at Lakota. On the days I work, I play at Aspen Glen.”
If she continues to put the time in, the soon-to-be Maverick knows many more rounds in the 60s await.
“Hopefully a lot more,” Stripp said. “I think that 69 was just a sneak preview of what’s to come.”
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