Glenwood’s Murphy ties for second in 4A golf
Competing at the 4A state golf championship Monday and Tuesday at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls golf team tied for third with the Mountain Vista Golden Eagles with a team score of 229, while standout junior Lauren Murphy tied for second in the state in individual scores with rounds of 75 and 78.
At the 4A state meet, the Loveland Indians placed first with a team score of 187, while the Windsor Wizards placed second with a team score of 214.
Leading up to the tournament, the Demons felt that they had a good chance of doing well, according to Head Coach Clem Michel.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team for the effort and practice they put in prior to the tournament,” Michel said. “We had a plan after Regionals to work on short game, and it really paid off this week.”
Murphy, who turned in one of the best performances of the state over the two-day tournament, had a couple of great opportunities in the last four holes to win the tournament. The junior was in the final group on Tuesday with Lauren Lehigh of Loveland and Sydney Prey of Golden. On the 15th hole, Murphy made a 10-foot putt for birdie and was one stroke behind Lehigh. Murphy bogeyed the par-3 16th-hole to fall two strokes back. She then gained a stroke when Lehigh bogeyed the 17th hole and Murphy made par. Both had birdie putts on 18 as Lehigh went first and left herself with a 4-footer for par, while Murphy also missed but had easy tap in. Lehigh then made her par putt for the win.
Behind Murphy, Glenwood’s Callie Jones and Lisa Kelley both tied for 24th overall as Jones shot a pair of 91s, while Kelley shot a 94 and 88. Baylee Johnson placed tied for 53rd shooting rounds of 103 and 109.
“This was such a great tournament for Glenwood, and we have one more year with Murphy and Jones and have some great young players coming up,” Michel said. “I look forward to what they can accomplish next year.”
BEARS PLACE 4TH IN 3A
At the 3A state golf championship Monday and Tuesday in Broomfield, the Rifle Bears girls golf team placed fourth overall with team rounds of 248 and a school-record 235 in the two-day tournament, finishing with a combined score of 483, finishing behind Colorado Academy, Holy Family and Kent Denver in the state championship.
In the two-day tournament, junior Elly Walters placed fifth overall with a combined score of 148, shooting rounds of 77 and 71, while sophomore Masi Smith placed sixth with a combined score of 150, shooting rounds of 75 and 75.
Joining Walters and Smith at the state tournament was Isabel Feichter and Savannah Seay, who played a big part in the Bears placing fourth in the state.
Feichter turned in the third-best score for Rifle with a two-day total of 185 (96 and 89), while Seay shot a combined score of 195 (102 and 93).
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