Reynolds nabs Junction golf title |

Reynolds nabs Junction golf title

Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff

GRAND JUNCTION Jacy Reynolds biggest concern after finishing Wednesdays final round of the CGA Daily Sentinel Junior Golf Tournament was locating a sliver of shade. Then she looked at the leaderboard. Her name was at the top. The hotter it is, the harder it is to concentrate, she said while ducking into the Lincoln Park clubhouse with a win after playing 54 holes in three days of 100 degree weather.The heats more of problem than playing the golf course, Reynolds said.The unforgiving sun didnt seem to bother the 2005 Glenwood Springs High School graduate in winning the 54-hole tournament as much as her own emotions, though.I went in today really nervous knowing I was only four strokes up on Melissa Vandiver, Reynolds explained.Those nerves caught up with Reynolds on the second hole of Wednesdays play.Her lead melted as fast as ice cubes in the gallerys drinks when Reynolds needed nine shots to play through the par 5 Hole No. 2.Back even with the pack at that point, Reynolds concentration kicked in. Right after that nine came up, I had to keep up my focus and move on, she said. Its golf. You have bad holes and good holes and you have to work through it.Reynolds recovered to shoot a 87 on the day. It wasnt her best round of the tournament. But, it was strong enough to regain the lead and not be challenged by the time the eight-player 16-18 girls group made the turn toward the back nine.Reynolds, who earned a scholarship to Division I McNeese State (La.) next season, finished at 240. Jamie Ranney, who edged Vandiver by one stroke, finished in second four back of Reynolds. Reynolds never trailed at the close of any tournament rounds. After finishing Mondays first day as the co-leader with Vandiver with identical rounds of 79, Reynolds distanced herself from the field with her best round of the tournament a 76 at Tiara Rado Golf Course Tuesday. Glenwood golfers also displayed good efforts in the boys tournament.Matt McAdow tied for third in the first flight at 238 and Cody Nelson had the tournaments only hole-in-one. The ace was recorded Tuesday on Tiara Rados 168-yard, par-3, Hole No. 8.A.J. Joiner of Carbondale was ninth in the championship flight at 229. Hayden Winkler, a teammate of Joiners at Roaring Fork High School had a three-day total of 260 playing in the first flight. ˙

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