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Rifle golfers battle winds to qualify for state

Gracie Filiss and Skylar Bell are going to state.

Yes, the Bears played their way right into the 4A State Golf Championships.

The two Rifle High School golfers qualified for state with their individual results this week in the Western Slope Regional at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison.

Playing in miserable weather conditions with rain, drizzle and agonizing winds, Filiss managed to finish ninth individually and earn an invitation to state. She shot a weather-boosted 96 on Wednesday in Gunnison.

Teammate Bell, a junior, finished in the top 10 as an individual (after the team champion Eagle Valley players) and also earned an invitation to state. She shot a 100 in the frustrating conditions Wednesday.

“This has been one of the best springs we’ve ever had for weather,” said Rifle coach Penny Sykes.

“But Wednesday we had cold and wind in Gunnison and that wind makes it tough,” she said, adding that she is very proud of the way her players responded to the adverse conditions.

Kristin Walla, a freshman from the Aspen/Basalt team, won the Regional title in a playoff with Lindsay Browder of host Gunnison. Wall and Browder shot 87s during the regular round.

Lindsey Scott of Moffat County was third.

Eagle Valley won the team title by one stroke over Montrose – 284 to 285.

The Aspen/Basalt team finished third at 294. Moffat County was fourth with Gunnison fifth and Rifle sixth. Glenwood Springs finished 10th in the Regional field.

The 4A State Golf Championships will be held May 13-14 at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club in Windsor.

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