Preps test River Valley Ranch |

Preps test River Valley Ranch

From left, Glenwood High School freshman, Jacy Reynolds putts on the 5th green while Rifle senior, Gracie Filiss looks on. Both ladies are number one seeds at their schools.

River Valley Ranch provided the test.

The high school golfers provided the answers.

Lindsey Scott of Moffat County and Kristin Walla of Aspen/Basalt had the top scores Thursday afternoon at the prep golf test, the River Valley Ranch Invitational co-hosted with Glenwood Springs High School.

Sarah Muhr of Montrose and Gracie Filiss of Rifle also did their best to bring up the grading curve as golfers from 12 high school teams gathered at the award-winning River Valley Ranch Golf Course on the outskirts of Carbondale.

Scott shot an 81 on the long, demanding River Valley Ranch to claim medalist honors in the 18-hole tournament.

She edged Walla by one stroke. After Walla’s 82, Muhr carded an 85 for Montrose.

And Filiss of Rifle was fourth individually with her 86.

Only five strokes separated the top four players on Thursday afternoon.

Durango won the team honors with a 275, using the top three scores of the day.

Montrose was second in team score at 276, just a single stroke back.

Eagle Valley finished third at 279 with Moffat County fourth with 280.

Rifle’s golfers finished fifth with 285.

The Aspen/Basalt team (2979) was seventh, after Central of Grand Junction.

Battle Mountain was eighth (328) with the host Demons of Glenwood Springs ninth with 330.

For the host Demons, freshman Jacy Reynolds led the way with her 107. Michelle Whiddon came in at 109 with teammate Amber Kitchens at 114. Those three Demons figured in the team scoring for coach Kathy Whiting’s Demons.

For Rifle, Filiss set the pace wither her 86.

Christian Holybee added a 98 with Caitlyn Wagner at 101. Teammate Skylar Bell carded a 102.

Walla’s 82 led the Aspen/Basalt team with Liz Floyd’s 101 and Jessie Smith’s 114.

“It’s really an honor for the girls to play that course,” Whiting said of the prestigious River Valley Ranch layout.

“I think the kids enjoyed playing the course,” she said of the tough layout, one that hosted the prep boys state golf championship two years ago.

Whiting said the River Valley Ranch golf folks have been extremely generous and helpful with the high school golfers.

“The girls appreciate the support,” Whiting said.

The Glenwood Springs golfers will host another prep meet on April 22 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club in West Glenwood.

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