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Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxGrand Valley High Schools Niki Loschke hits one from the No. 4 fairway Monday during the Glenwood/River Valley Ranch Invitational.

CARBONDALE – What’s the secret to playing good golf? Practice. Practice. Practice.Willingness to swing a few more drives and take a few more putts has worked for Glenwood Springs midway through the 2005 Western Slope girls golf tour.Playing against a field consisting of Class 4A and 5A schools, the Demons’ combined team score of 274 earned them fourth place among 14 teams at the Glenwood/River Valley Ranch Invitational at River Valley Ranch golf course Monday.”The practice level of our golfers is what pleases me the most,” said Demons head coach Kathy Whiting. “I’m really proud of how hard they practice on the course and on the driving range. Those extra practices have made all the difference in the world.” And, those extra practices are starting to show in Glenwood’s team scores.Compared against the other Class 4A squads in Monday’s field, the Demons bested Rifle, the next lowest team score among 4A schools, by 22 strokes.Overall, the Demons finished seven shots back of Class 5A Fruita Monument and Grand Junction Central’s rounds of 267 in the team standings. Central received the team championship by having the lowest individual round between the two teams’ golfers.

“We’ve been going against 5A schools since the beginning of the season, and we’ve been right in there with them,” Whiting said. “It goes back to the fact that the girls have a good practice ethic, and practice makes a better golfer.”Jacy Reynolds and Kammi Ivie finished among the top ten individually. Reynolds, who carded an 82, tied with the Wildcats’ Jamie Ranney for the third-best score of the day. Ivie finished seventh at 87.Niki Loschke, of Grand Valley, also cracked her way onto the leaderboard by shooting a 90. The score earned the Cardinal golfer 10th place.Kristin Walla had the lowest individual round of the tournament, a 2-over round of 74, five strokes ahead of runner-up Melissa Vandiver, of Durango, who carded a 79.Rifle, who totaled a sixth-best team round of 298, had two golfers in the top 20 individuals.Carrie Kreimier, slotted as the Bears’ No. 3 player, had a team-best score of 95. Teammate Ashley Chastain, who held Rifle’s No. 1 slot the past few tournaments, carded 96.Glenwood/River Valley Ranch Invitational

Monday in CarbondaleTeam Scores: 1. Fruita Monument, 267*. 2. Grand Junction Central, 267. 3. Durango, 270. 4. Glenwood Springs, 274. 5. Grand Junction, 275. 6. Rifle, 298. 7. Moffat County, 306. 8. Montrose, 322. 9. Battle Mountain, 324. 10 (tie). Cedaredge & Palisade, 326. 12. Aspen, 328. 13. Grand Valley, 390.* Won team championship on lowest individual roundTop 10 Individual Scores1. Kristin Walla, Aspen, 74. 2. Melissa Vandiver, Durango, 79. 3. Jaime Ranney, Fruita Monument, 82-X. 4. Jacy Reynolds, Glenwood Springs, 82. 5. Emma Watson, Cedaredge, 83. 6. Melissa Martin, Grand Junction Central, 86. 7. Kammi Ivie, Glenwood Springs, 87. 8. Whitney Ramh, Fruita Monument, 88. 9. Valorie Hoppe, Grand Junction Central, 88. 10. Niki Loschke, Grand Valley, 90.X – Won scorecard playoff

Area Teams Individual ScoresGlenwood Springs (274)Jacy Reynolds, 82. Kammi Ivie, 87. Emily Hauptli, 105, Lisa Richards, 117. Megan Freyschlag, 123. Kori Kosht, 130. Morgan Rossow, 137.Rifle (298)Carrie Kreimier, 95. Ashley Chastain, 96. Trisha Wailes, 107. Kelsey Mallicoat, 112. Grand Valley (390)Niki Loschke, 90. Leslie Langston, 148. Danielle Noble,152.

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