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Swinging in the rain

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Greeley Tribune/Theo Stroomer Rifle's Loren Forney drives on the ninth hole of the Highland Meadows Golf Course during the second day of the 2007 4A State Girls' Golf Championship in Windsor on Tuesday. Forney finished fifth overall.
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WINDSOR Loren Forney didn’t shoot as low as she wanted to in the final round of the Class 4A girls golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor on Tuesday, but she’ll have next year to improve upon her fifth-place individual finish.And the next year, and the next year.”Top five in her freshman year, we will definitely take that,” said Rifle coach Duke Earl.Forney, in her first year on the Bears’ squad, carded an 88 on Tuesday to go with her 77 on Monday for a two-round total of 165. The score was 11 strokes behind Mullen’s Maggie Boberg, who won the individual state title.

The conditions were less than ideal for the state final on Tuesday, as rain and wind made for a very cold day on the links.”It was a a cold, rainy ugly day and she hung in there,” Earl said of Forney. “They all hung in there.”As a team Rifle, which won the Western Slope Regional Tournament on May 8, tied for fifth place with a three-player score of 545, the same score Cheyenne Mountain hit. Senior Bear Ashley Chastain shot a 91, the same score she had on Monday, for a 182 total that put her in a two-way tie for 21st. Kori Kosht carded a 102 on Tuesday on her way to a 198 two-round total to take 43rd place in the 72-player field.Despite the Bears’ high finish, Earl said the Rifle players weren’t satisfied with their results.

“They are not happy with their scores, but they don’t look at it as relative with the higher field,” he said. “But we as a coaching staff, we are proud of them.”Colorado Academy took the overall team title with a score of 522.On-and-off-again rain didn’t bother Demons Maggee Becker and Michelle Stripp, who both cut down their scores on Monday in the final round on Tuesday.”The girls were excited to go out today,” said Glenwood head coach Kathy Whiting, who knows teams from the Western Slope become accustomed to playing in poor weather conditions throughout the spring. “They said, ‘We like the rain, that’s when we play well.'”



Becker shot an 88, dropping three strokes off of Monday’s score and eight from her season average for a total of 179 to take 17th place.”I think it is awesome. Maggee played some great, great golf today,” Whiting said.On hole No. 1 on Monday, Becker got into some trouble and shot a nine. On Tuesday, she was bound and determined to do better. And that she did, nailing a birdie on the hole to start day two.The second Demon, Michelle Stripp, shot a 91 on Tuesday, two strokes better than she shot on Monday for a combined score of 184. The sophomore’s score landed her in a three-way tie for 25th place.”Both of the girls were excited to have done so well against such high competition,” Whiting said.


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