Rifle’s Forney looking to top last year’s fifth-place finish at state golf tourney
RIFLE – Most state-qualifying golfers in Class 4A went to Golden on Sunday to get in a practice round before the 36-hole, two-day state tournament began today at Rolling Hills Country Club.Rifle’s Kori Kosht couldn’t make it, however, as the senior had prior obligations. Instead of surveying the course to prepare for state, Kosht received her diploma in Rifle’s graduation ceremony.Kosht, and junior teammate Mercedes Bolado, who also attended the ceremony, headed to the Front Range after the graduation to join up with their final state-qualifying teammate Loren Forney. Forney, a sophomore, made the trip on Sunday to get in the practice round that will not only help herself, but her fellow Bears as well.”They changed some of the distances at Rolling Hills,” said Rifle head coach Deanna Forney, Loren’s mother. “There are ditches you have to hit over, and we are going to find out which holes we should hit over or lay up.”Kosht, who lettered all four years as a Rifle golfer and will be honored with the Golden Bear pin for her accomplishment, and Forney have played Rolling Hills before and like the links’ layout.”Loren and Kori are feeling really good about state,” Coach Forney said. “They really like that course.”For Bolado, a junior exchange student from Argentina, this will be her first time to Rolling Hills. Bolado just came to Rifle this year having had only a few lessons and playing just nine holes in Argentina. As a golfer without much experience, Coach Forney has been impressed with Bolado’s improvement.”We were really excited to get her under 100 this year,” she said. “Then when we all qualified for state as a team at regionals, we were so excited. It was crazy.”The Bears have been playing as many rounds as possible and fine-tuning their short games this week at Rifle Creek Golf Course. Last year, Rifle tied for fifth overall in the team standings at state. Kosht placed 43rd at state last year with a two-day total of 198. Forney, who capped of a whirlwind freshman year by finishing fifth at state with a two-day score of 165, will be looking to be toward the top again. She doesn’t focus on her score or her opponents, however; instead she just thinks of the game as a battle between the course and herself.”She is focusing on staying in the moment and playing one shot at a time,” Coach Forney said. “She’s just trying to keep in the present and trying to play the course.” All three Rifle golfers will tee off before 10 a.m. this morning in the first round of the state tournament.
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