Weather continues to thwart Demons
Post Independent Staff
The girls’ strokes on the spring prep golf tour have not defrosted yet.
That’s the main reason for the high scores among the players at Monday’s Demon Invitational, Kathy Whiting said.
“As a team, we’ve only been able to get on a golf course twice,” the veteran Glenwood Springs head coach said. Both appearances prior to Monday’s 18-hole event at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club course were in tournaments in Grand Junction prior to spring break.
“Our swings are good. The girls have been practicing really hard,” she said. “Maybe we’re just thinking too hard right now.”
Still, the Demons’ second-place team finish isn’t bad considering Glenwood’s golfers have been relegated to the school’s gym for most of the 2006 season’s first six weeks.
“You can only hit so many Wiffle balls and have it be beneficial,” Whiting said. “There’s a break-even point. You hit those Wiffle balls, then when you hit that break-even point and from there it doesn’t help your play at all.”
Despite hitting a barrage of plastic golf balls, Glenwood posted a team round of 336, a difference of 12 strokes up on third place Palisade. Team champ Moffat County, who carded a combined 299, was the lone squad in the seven-team tournament to break below the 300 mark.
Likewise, tournament medalist Amy Coulter of the Bulldogs, who shot an 18-round total of 98, was the only individual to break 100 on the day. Coulter, with teammates Amber Nicholson (100) and Megan Innes (101), completed a one-two-three sweep of the top spots on the leader board.
Emily Hauptli, Glenwood’s No. 1 player, shot a team-best 107 to put her in a fourth-place tie with Moffat’s Chelsea Herod. The Demons’ three other varsity golfers ” Michelle Stripp, Lisa Richards and Maggee Becker ” came in eighth, ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Whiting said improved weather will lead to lower scores for the team.
“We’re ready to get outside. Tomorrow we’re going to the driving range. Wednesday, we’ll be playing up here. It’s just a matter of us getting out.”
After taking time out for practice the rest of this week, Glenwood is scheduled to play in back-to-back tour events at Rifle Creek and Battlement Mesa April 11 and 12.
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