Walters wins golf tourney

Taylor Walters, of Rifle, rips a shot on the 17th hole Sunday at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa on her way to winning the Western Slope Triple Play Women’s golf tournament.

Taylor Walters didn’t know what to expect at her first Western Slope Triple Play Women’s golf tournament.

But anyone who’s familiar with her game expected she would be the favorite.

Walters, who will be a sophomore at Colorado Mesa University this fall, ripped through the three courses to win the event with a wire-to-wire performance.

“I had no idea, I didn’t know what to expect,” Walters said.

A trip to the dentist about 10 days ago to have her wisdom teeth removed kept her from tournament competition, but she was practicing.

On Sunday at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, Walters shot a solid 72 at Redlands Mesa Golf Course to finish the three-day tournament at 212.

Grand Junction’s Loren Forney had a consistent tournament to finish second at 224. She shot an 80 on Sunday with her best round coming on Saturday at 71.

The Triple Play tournament has the unique format of players tackling a different course on each day.

Walters shot a 72 on the first day at Bookcliff Country Club to take a one-shot lead over Forney.

On Day 2, Walters carded a 68 at Tiara Rado Golf Course, then followed that up with her 72 on Sunday.

Walters said the format made for a fun and challenging tournament.

“I’ve never played anything like it before,” she said. “You usually just play the same course. I think it’s so cool to play three different courses. Makes it fun and really keeps you on your toes.”

The Rifle High School graduate said she enjoyed her round at Tiara Rado the most.

“I played the best at Tiara Rado, I kind of lit it up on the back (nine),” she said. My wedge play was good, I got a lot closer (to the pin) and had good birdie attempts.”

Michelle Stripp finished with a 71-76 in the final two rounds to take third at a 227.

Walter’s 68 on Saturday wasn’t the best round of the tournament. That honor went to Danielle Atkinson.

After shooting 88 in the first round, Atkinson was in 14th place. She ripped it up at Tiara Rado with a 67. After her 75 on Sunday, she claimed fourth place overall in the tournament.

Denise Mayfield finished with a 77 on Sunday to complete a three-day total of 239, good for fifth place.

Christina Morse claimed the top spot in the second flight with a 258. Denice Stringham shot a 275 to win the third flight and Avery Hill took the fourth flight with a 282.

The Triple Play tournament returned last year with a new sponsor after a 12-year hiatus. The participation numbers increased from 69 last year to 92 this year.


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