Golf: Women are fit to be tied on The Hill at Storm King tournament
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Storm King Two Lady Best Ball Results
Saturday at Glenwood Springs Golf Course
Top 5 Finishers
A FLIGHT GROSS
1. (tie) Erin Galbreath and Nancy Peterson - Kim Gauthier and Natasha Derby, 83; 3. Maggee Becker and Lisa Richards, 85; 4. Melissa McPherson and Julie Warren, 86; 4. Christy Marin and Terri Allender, 87; 5. Terri Knode and Becky Oliver, 89.
A FLIGHT NET
1. Theresa Zelenka and Ann Gilmer, 59; 2. Deborah Erickson and Linda Fritz, 63; 3. Julia Gortsema and Pam Ruzicka, 65; 4. Christy Martin and Terri Allender, 66; 5. Melissa McPherson and Julie Warren, 67.
B FLIGHT GROSS
1. Cheryl Bean and Susan Ramsey, 90; 2. (tie) Linda Osiecki and Julia Conrad - Boni Rust and Connie Stiers, 94; 4. (tie) Donni Cochran and Sue Means - Peg Toft and Michelle Marquardt, 99.
B FLIGHT NET
1. Rona Fisher and Nellie Yeakel, 59; 2. Lisa Jones and Michelle David, 61; 3. Alicia Crandell and Julie Hanson, 63; 4. Peg Toft and Michelle Marquardt, 65; 5. lorraine Everman and Catherine Nanin, 69.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Eighty-three was the magic number for six golfers the Storm King Two-Lady Best Ball Tournament on Saturday.
That number wound up being the final score for three teams at the tournament, with each of them earning top tournament honors at the annual woomen’s golf tournament at Glenwood Springs Golf Course.
The team of Erin Galbreath and Nancy Peterson tied with Kim Gauthier and Natasha Derby for the gross scoring championship in the first flight, each finishing with an A Flight final score of 83. Theresa Zelenka and Ann Gilmer also had a gross score of 83, but their net score of 59 earned them the net scoring title all by themselves.
Galbreath and Peterson, between them, have decades of playing experience behind them. Peterson, 65, has been playing at Glenwood Springs Golf Course for the past 31 years while Galbreath, 52, has been playing for the past 20.
The pair only started playing together recently, but they did win a best-ball tournament in Gunnison last year. This is the first tournament they’ve won at The Hill, however.
Both, however, were more willing to give credit to the other than themselves.
Galbreath credited Peterson for teaching her “everything I know about golf.” Meanwhile, Peterson shot back by saying: “She carries me all the way.”
Derby, 22, has had some experience winning on The Hill. She won as player a Glenwood Springs High School and, more recently, shared last year’s title with Taylor Walters of Rifle, who will play college golf at Colorado Mesa University this coming fall.
Gauthier, however, was part of her first tournament victory at the Glenwood course on Saturday. Derby credits their success to staying out of rough spots during their round, while Gauthier credits the success to playing care-free golf.
“We weren’t even really thinking about winning it,” Gauthier said. “We sure didn’t expect it. It wasn’t until we added up our scorecard and said to ourselves, ‘Wow! We shot an 83!’”
Zelenka, 52, and Gilmer, 59, also have a ton of experience playing in the course just like Galbreath and Peterson. But unlike Galbreath and Peterson, Zelenka and Gilmer have been playing together — and seeing tournament success together — for the past five years.
There’s been three previous tournaments they’ve played at The Hill where they’ve finished as money winners in net scoring, with Saturday’s finish added to that total. That success comes as the result of heir ability to compliment each other on the golf course. One woman is always on her game when the other is off, even if it’s for just one hole.
“We’re like ham and eggs,” Zelenka said. “one of us always seems to pick up the slack when thee other one is struggling.”
Finishing third in gross scoring was Maggee Becker and Lish Richards at 85. In net, Deborah Erickson and Linda Fritz were four strokes behind Zelenka and Gilmer at 63.
Earning a victory in the B Flight was Cheryl Bean and Susan Ramsey, whose gross score of 90 earned first-place honors.
In net scoring, Rona Fisher and Nellie Yeakel carded a combined 59 to earn the tournament title there.
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