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Rifle coaches play well enough to win women’s golf tournament in Glenwood Springs

Jon Mitchell

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Kendra Spaulding and Britt Choate have teamed up for years to coach the Rifle High School girls golf team. On Saturday, the pair teamed up on a different golfing venture, finishing with a combined gross score of 82 to win the A Flight of the annual Storm King Two-Lady Best-Ball Tournament at Glenwood Springs Golf Course.

“Coaching helps because you’re trying to help the girls develop a good strategy and a good mindset when they’re on the golf course,” said Spaulding, who was Choate’s assistant coach. “Here, we can incorporate it into our game.”

The pair prevailed in the tournament despite a performance they considered “not so good,” according to Choate. Still, it was good enough for an 18-hole score of 82 and a one-shot victory over second-place finishers Jan Bean and Jorline Roy. Finishing third were Jane Matthews and Karen Honnessy, who rounded out a tight top of the pack with a third-place score of 84.

“It was actually a really hard day because we really weren’t hitting the ball all that well,” Choate said. “We kept grinding it out and got it done, but we made it way harder than it should have been.”

Choate, who lives in Battlement Mesa and works in Glenwood Springs, stepped down from her coaching position at Rifle at the end of this past school year due to work commitments. Rifle Athletic Director Troy Phillips has been advertising for Choate’s replacement for the past week.

Choate and Spaulding were able to get off to a good start, playing each of the course’s par-3 holes even while adding a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole. The pair struggled on the back nine, but the performance was good enough for them to come away with the flight’s gross-scoring title.

“We worked hard getting out of the jams we did,” Spaulding said. “It didn’t come easily today.”

Actually matching the gross score of Spaulding and Choate was the team of Kim Gauthier and Natasha Derby. Their handicap, however, knocked their score down to a 61, which was good enough for the A Flight net scoring title. A 64 by Deborah Erickson and Linda Fritz placed them in second place in net, and Ann Gilmer and Theresa Zelenka were one stroke back in third place at 65.

In the tournament’s B Flight, Julie Gortsema and Pam Ruzicka shot a 96 to claim first-place honors in gross scoring. Winning the net-scoring title was Lisa Jones and Michelle David, who prevailed with a score of 62 (which would have been a gross score of 96).

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