Stripp’s 69 leads Glenwood golfers |

Stripp’s 69 leads Glenwood golfers

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

MONTROSE, Colorado ” Earlier this year, Glenwood Springs girls golfer Michelle Stripp said that she hoped to crack the 70s before the season wrapped up.

At Tuesday’s 4A Western Regional in Montrose, the senior skipped right past the 70s and carded a jaw-dropping 69.

“Oh my gosh,” Stripp said by phone from Cobble Creek Golf Course. “It finally came around. It all came together. I skipped the 70s completely.”

Not only did Stripp’s 3-under-par score land her the regional title, it set a new women’s course record at Cobble Creek. And a new personal record. Her previous best tournament score: an 80.

“That was the round of her life,” Glenwood coach Kathy Whiting said. “And she three-putted No. 18.”

A recently refined short game served Stripp well on Tuesday.

“My chipping was really good,” she said. “I’ve been working on that. I got up and down a lot and I wasn’t in any trouble. I was on the middle of the fairway all day.”

Stripp’s teammates had solid rounds, too, helping the Demons run away with the team title for a second straight year.

With Kelsey Warkentin’s third-place 85 and Tasha Derby’s seventh-place 91 figuring into the final team total, Glenwood finished with a 245. Brittaney Cole’s 98, while it didn’t count in the final total, landed her 11th place individually.

By virtue of their regional performance, Stripp, Warkentin, Derby and Cole will all represent the Demons at the May 18-19 4A state championship at Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs.

Stripp finished fifth at last year’s state meet, held at Rolling Hills Country Club in Golden. As a team, Glenwood placed third overall, a feat the Demons have a solid shot at repeating ” or bettering ” this time around. Their Tuesday team score of 245 would have been the top round at state in 2008.

That 245 blew out the field at Montrose. Delta finished 33 strokes back of the Demons to claim second in the team standings. Gunnison took third with a 290.

Moffat County’s Heather Nicholson shot an 81 to finish second behind Stripp on the individual leaderboard.

Coal Ridge and Grand Valley also competed in Montrose, although neither squad advanced golfers to state. Kaity Brown carded Grand Valley’s best score, a 102, while Kieryn Hammond led Coal Ridge with a 110.

Glenwood’s Stripp and Derby topped this year’s All-Western Slope girls golf roster.

With Stripp leading the way, the senior duo were named No. 1 and No. 2 all-league by Slope coaches.

Also gracing the all-league list were Demons Kelsey Warkentin and Brittaney Cole. Carrie Keller and Haley Peterson were honorable mentions.

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