Practice-starved prep golfers open season
The scores are high, but that’s not important to area high school girls golfers at the moment.
Just being able to hit on a golf course is a bonus, according to Glenwood Springs assistant coach Denise Reynolds.
“It’s nice to get outside,” said Reynolds, who piloted the Demon girls in the absence of head coach Kathy Whiting at Tuesday’s Palisade Invitational Tournament at the Lincoln Park Golf Course.
“We’ve been hitting whiffle balls in the gym for four weeks and only had nine practice holes this season,” Reynolds said of the weather problems that plagued most of the Western Slope golf teams this year.
Veteran Rifle coach Penny Sykes agrees with her colleague..
“We got about an hour of practice in yesterday,” Sykes said. “That’s the only practice we’ve had because we had spring break last week.
“But I’m not worried,” Skyes said. “We’ll just … get more practice in.”
Rifle shot a combined team total of 306 Tuesday, placing them seventh in the field of 12 teams. The Bears, however, did have the best round of the three area teams who participated in the tournament.
The combined three-member Basalt/Aspen/Roaring Fork girls finished five strokes behind Rifle at 311, followed by Glenwood Springs at 328.
Grand Junction won the team championship with a 259, 10 shots ahead of Montrose’s 269. Durango finished third at 283.
Individually, Basalt-Aspen’s Kristin Walla had the best round among area golfers. She came in fifth overall with a score of 87.
Rifle senior Gracie Filiss tied for ninth place with Grand Junction’s Trisha Hunt after carding a 92.
Grand Junction’s Cara Carbone won the individual title with a score of 82.
The rest of the Bears failed to break triple digits. Skylar Bell and Jenny Hughes each shot 107, Caitlin Wagner finished at 117 and Emily Schibi came in at 131.
Glenwood was led by freshman Jacy Reynolds, the coach’s daughter, who finished 20th with a 102.
Junior Michelle Whitten followed with a score of 109. Freshman Amber Kitchens shot a 118, and juniors Stephanie Matthews and Becky Brown recorded scores of 126 and 133, respectively.
Weather, however, does continue to be a problem.
The Glenwood Springs Golf Club still has snow on some spots, forcing postponement of next Monday’s scheduled Glenwood Springs Invitational to a yet-to-be determined date in April.
Another prep tournament is scheduled for Thursday at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.
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