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High school golf parents a dedicated, positive group

Casper's CornerJeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s one thing to camp out in the bleachers and watch your kid wield a baseball bat or hoist a jump shot. It’s entirely another to follow him or her around for an entire round of golf.I witnessed just that last Monday and Tuesday at the 4A girls golf state tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club in Golden – dedicated parents walking hole after hole behind their daughters, jotting down scores and clapping every well-struck ball.Now that’s dedication.I must say I applaud those Glenwood Springs and Rifle High School parents who took the time not only to make the two-plus hour drive to Denver but to log a few miles on foot as their daughters aimed for state glory.As a sports reporter, it made my job a heck of a lot easier. Any information on any athlete was readily available by way of those parents. If I had to disappear for a hole or two to follow a different golfer, I could quickly catch up on what I missed from someone like Glenwood’s Mark Stripp, whose daughter, Michelle, placed fifth overall. Or Rifle’s Keith Forney, whose daughter, Loren, finished fourth.I’d never really covered state golf before, so the whole process was a real eye opener. Outside of the amazing parents, the camaraderie of the golf community in general is something other sports should strive for.There was no heckling whatsoever. No matter who was taking her turn in the tee box, the gallery shouted only words of encouragement. On the tourney’s second day, when Loren Forney and Michelle Stripp found themselves paired with Broomfield’s Molly Dorans, Rifle and Glenwood followers had just as many “nice shots” and “keep your head up” for Dorans as they did for their own golfers.The golfers themselves were also rather supportive of one another. It was all such a refreshing experience. Sitting in the bleachers covering a basketball game or whatever sport it might be that day, I far too often find myself disgusted by that parent who feels it necessary to question every single call made by the officials or that kid who can’t fight the urge to heckle an opposing player.So thank you, golf community, for restoring my faith in fandom.Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123jcaspersen@postindependent.com

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