RHS’ Chastain ties for third
BATTLEMENT MESA – Unlike most golfers, Ashley Chastain looks forward to bad weather.”I’ve been playing pretty well in bad weather,” the Rifle High School junior said. “I think when the weather’s bad, you concentrate more on the weather than your game, and I’m more relaxed.”So having her mind on swirling winds surrounding the Battlement Mesa golf course all Monday afternoon didn’t keep Chastain from carding the best round among the area’s girl prep golfers.Fighting the elements, the Bears’ No. 1 player finished with an 89. The mark earned Chastain a third-place tie with Melissa Vandiver of Class 5A Durango, along with helping Rifle earn a second-place tie in the team standings with Grand Junction Central.While she was pleased about her score, Chastain’s really looking forward to the 18-hole Rifle Invitational on her home course – Rifle Creek – this morning.”I’m way excited about playing at home,” she said. “I hope to be there and the team’s hoping to be there, too. We’re all planning on winning it.”Emma Watson was the individual medalist with an 82, six strokes over Central’s Melissa Martin.Getting rounds of 91, 96 and 97 from its top three golfers, Fruita Monument shot a combined score of 284 to win their fourth team title on the 2006 Western Slope tour.Alicia Eggan of Rifle, with a 99, was the only other area golfer to break the century mark Monday.The Bears’ Kori Kosht came in at 100. Glenwood Springs, sixth in the eight-team tournament, was led by Michelle Stripp at 102 and Emily Hauptli’s 103.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.