Glenwood Springs veterans Becker and Stripp aiming for state golf medals
GOLDEN, Colorado – As of Sunday, the Glenwood Springs golfers have become very familiar with Rolling Hills Country Club. All three state-qualifying golfers played it once this year, at least once last year and got in a practice round on Sunday.Now the Demons will see if they can use their experience as an advantage as they tee off in the Class 4A State Golf Tournament today and Tuesday in Golden. If the past is any indicator of the future, the Demons have a lot to be excited about.When Maggee Becker, Michelle Stripp and Natasha Derby last played at Rolling Hills, on April 28 in a 38-team tournament, the Glenwood trio combined for a 266 to finish atop the 4A schools in the 4A/5A field. The three also played in the same tournament on the course last season, and Becker and Stripp both played at Rolling Hills for state last year. “They are in a really good position. As a team they should do well,” said Glenwood head coach Kathy Whiting. “I think they are very confident in their game. They should be after shooting the scores they have all season. Compared to everyone else, we played the course well last time and hopefully we can play it even better this time.”
On Wednesday, the threesome hit the links at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club for a practice round. “The Hill” is almost opposite from Rolling Hills in layout, and the Demons are excited to return to the Golden course.”There is a lot of open space to hit to and water to hit around,” Whiting said. “It is pretty flat, different from here.”Stripp, a junior, agrees.”It’s nice. It is pretty flat. Not much trouble,” she said.Outside of knowledge of the course, the Demons also have momentum on their side.
Glenwood is fresh off a Western Regional victory where it won the team title with a three-player total of 267. Becker also enters state with an individual regional title as she hit an 80 and won a one-hole playoff to win the championship.Becker’s goal at state is to add to her medal collection, as she has done all year by finishing in the top 10 at tournaments. Stripp’s goal is a little more specific as she knows exactly what scores she wants. “My goal is to get a 77, 77,” she said of her scoring goals for round one and two. “It’s a tough goal.”Derby, a junior, will be making her first trip to state with Glenwood.”I am kinda nervous because this is my first time going to state. I want to shoot in the 80s and just have fun,” she said. “It is my first time, just relax and not psych myself out.”Last year at state, Becker had the highest finish for the Demons by taking 17th place with a two-day score of 179. Stripp tied for 25th with a two-round total of 184.
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