Tourney gives Rifle golfers high hopes |

Tourney gives Rifle golfers high hopes

GRAND JUNCTION – It’s only the first tournament of the 2005 prep girls golf season, but there’s an aura of optimism surrounding Rifle this year.And those good vibrations got another boost when the Bears took fifth place at Tuesday’s Tiger Invitational. “They’re all sophomores, and they’re all athletes,” first-year coach Scott Zevin said, after glancing at the 317 team total the Bears posted at the conclusion of the 18-hole, 11-team tournament.Grand Junction Central, headed by individual winner Melissa Martin, won the team championship with a combined score of 261. Durango followed with 290, and host Grand Junction was third.Unfortunately for Rifle, the team’s schedule blunted its early development. Because spring break is next week, the Bears’ next tournament won’t be until March 22. But playing in a stiff crosswind Tuesday, Rifle’s golfers had good season-opening scores.”My first round of the year was pretty strong,” said Ashley Chaistain, who carded a 99. “I was proud of myself. My only goal today was to break 100, and I did it.”Chaistain’s score was the lowest score among the Bears golfers, and was good enough to earn a seventh-place tie with Whitney Rahm of Fruita Monument.Teammate Trisha Wailes was nine strokes back at 108, followed by Carrie Kreimier at 110.Rifle’s No. 4 and No. 5 golfers – Kelsey Mallicoat and Kori Kosht – finished with rounds of 115 and 125, respectively.Martin won the individual title with an 81, five strokes ahead of runner-up Melissa Vandiver of Durango, who shot an 86. Martin’s teammate Brittani White was third, at 87.

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