Q&A with … Rifle High School’s state golfers
Class: Sophomore.When did you start playing golf? “I probably picked up my first club when I was 4 or 5 years old and I’ve been playing ever since. I’ve been competing in tournaments probably since I was like 8 or 9. I was pretty young, like three-hole or four-hole events, mostly in Rifle or (Grand) Junction.”How did you get started in golf? My dad mainly started me into it, got me into swinging. My mom was supportive and now she’s my coach. Now she’s a big part of it.”Favorite professional golfer: “Phil Mickelson. I love Annika (Sorenstam), but I would say my game is like Phil’s just because I go for it a lot. I don’t always think about risk and reward.”Have you always played that way? “Pretty much. If I see a hole I can go through, I’ll try to go through it. I’m getting better (about that).”How do you like having your mom (Deanna Forney) as a coach? “It’s different, but I like it. She knows what she’s doing. I trust what she says about my swing.”What kind of clubs do you have? “Callaway Fusions, my King putter, and TaylorMade woods.”Favorite course: “Kapalua (Golf Club, Hawaii). I really want to play Pebble Beach. That’s my dream course right now.”
Class: Senior.How long have you been playing golf? “Seriously for four years. I played some when I was little.”What got you into golf? “I just wanted to have a spring sport. I just love how competitive it is. It’s a lot of you on the course, kind of an individual thing. It’s a really good game. I love the game.”Other sports played: Volleyball, used to play basketball.What’s your favorite sport? “In the fall, I’d tell you volleyball and in the spring I’d tell you golf, so right now it’s golf.”Favorite golf course: Cobble Creek (Montrose).What’s the first course you ever played? “The first course for a tournament was Bookcliff in Junction.”What about just for fun? “Probably Rifle Creek.”What kind of clubs do you have? “Callaway irons and Cobra woods.”Does your family golf? “My dad golfs some. My brothers are in the junior league.”Where Kosht will be studying next year: Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.).Major: Biomedical engineering.What do you want to do when you’re done? “Hopefully go into medical school or be a biomedical engineer.”How’d you decide on Vanderbilt? “They gave me a huge financial package. The program is one of the oldest in the country.”What was your favorite high school moment? “I would say Christmas this year. We decorated the senior hallway with Christmas lights. It was really fun.”
Class: Junior.Of note: Mercedes is an exchange student at Rifle and is originally from Argentina.How long have you been playing golf? “Two years. I took lessons in Argentina.”What’s your favorite golf course: “I like Tiara Rado. I shot my lowest there.’What’s the most frustrating thing about golf? “I don’t know. Probably just when you have a bad shot and you don’t have the team there to back you up. You have to put it together yourself and keep going.”What kind of clubs do you have? “I have no idea. I’m just borrowing some from the golf team.”What other sports do you play? “Softball. Field hockey back home.”What’s your favorite thing about the state tournament? “I really like that you have more time to hang out with your team. You meet more people at state. And the weather’s beautiful.”
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