Rifles Forney takes title at youth golf tournament
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado Loren Forney left no doubt.The Rifle High School junior to-be distanced herself from eventual runner-up Jordan Fellhauer of Grand Junction High with a 71 Tuesday at Tiara Rado to open a 16 stroke lead at the Western Colorado Golf Association Junior Tournament in Grand Junction.On Wednesday, Forney continued to distance herself from the rest of the field with a low mark of 80 on the final 18 holes to finish at 234, some 19 shots better than Fellhauers total score of 253 in the girls 16- to 18-year-old division. Whitney Brofus of Fruita Monument High finished third at 259.Some tips Forney got from Adams Golf Pro Tour Series player Luke Antonelli, also a two-time Class 4A state medalist at Rifle High, after Mondays first round allowed her to blow past Fellhauer and Brofus.He helped me after my round, saying what I was doing, Forney explained. That night I worked on that. I felt pretty good and confident about it and the next day I go out and shoot par.It was the second time in as many WCGA Junior tournaments Forney exited the course as a division champ. Two years ago, prior to her freshman year in high school, Forney won the 2006 14-15 girls title.I just wanted to have fun. That was one of my main motives, Forney said of her performance.Jordan Tufly, an Grand Junction High underclassman, won the 14-15 girls championship on a three-day total of 294.Nick Purvis, Tuesdays 14-15 boys leader, took a 10-shot lead into the final round. Maintaining his steady play, Purvis carded his third straight round in the 70s to end at 238. Purvis final score was more than enough to hold back a late charge from runner-up Kolton Kyne, who moved up from fourth to second with a division-best 75 on Wednesday to finish five back of the leader at 242.
Sometimes the best game plan is no plan at all. And, lack of strategy prior to Wednesdays final round of Western Colorado Golf Association Junior Tournament worked for Calen Hoppe.Holding a meager one-stroke lead over Justin Russell, Hoppe said all that mattered to him was to go out there and play my own game heading into the final 18 holes of the three-day, 54-hole, 16- to 18-year-old boys tournament.With no standard to measure himself against, the Central High student carded a field-best score of 69 for a three-day total of 214. The mark allowed Hoppe to runaway from the rest of the golfers. Tournament runner-up Connor Rakowskis 224 total, some 10 shots back of Hoppe was as close as anyone got.What bothered Hoppe most prior to teeing off at Lincoln Park was his putting.I just had to go out there and make putts because Ive been struggling, he said. Hoppe knew he had found his touch early in the round.It was five holes in I was putting pretty good. At that point all I thought about was thinking straight and hitting (the ball) straight.
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