Despite wind, Stripp ties for 2nd at Quality Inn Maverick Spring Invitational

Mesa State’s Jessica Nesbit hits out of a sandtrap Monday afternoon on No. 8 at Redlands Mesa Golf Course during the Maverick Spring Invitational.



Michelle Stripp scored bogeys all day and couldn’t have been more pleased.

The Mesa State College freshman shot 22-over-par 166 for two rounds to tie for second in the windy Quality Inn Maverick Spring Invitational on Monday at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa. Winds gusted up to 35 mph in the Grand Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

“The first 18 was fine; the second one was, um ... I don’t know how I was pulling out bogeys, but I somehow managed bogeys, which I was OK with,” Stripp said. “I was lucky to get my bogeys, what can I say. I finished well, though, and chipped it in the last hole for birdie. It was one of two I had all day.

“On No. 9, I hit a perfect drive. I hit it straight up in the air and took it right into the hazard. I had to drop it and hit another one and hit it a foot away from ob (out of bounds). I hit it everywhere.”

Mesa sophomore Jennifer Hilts struggled with the wind as well, but managed it the best, scoring 159 to win medalist honors.

“It’s a good win considering the conditions,” Hilts said. “I would’ve enjoyed it more with more players out there. This was one of the more tougher conditions we’ve had. We haven’t played in that bad of wind I think.”

Mesa State managed it the best with a team score of 670 to win the team title. Adams State took second with 733. Chadron State and Regis tied for fourth with 749 and Colorado Christian was fifth (818).

“It was difficult (conditions) from the start,” Mesa State coach Scott Hansen said. “Club selection was tough.”

Stripp tied Adams State’s Codi Hegg for second with 166. Mesa’s Jessica Berve was fourth with 169 and Kristina Casillas tied for fifth with 176.

The 36-hole tournament was scheduled to be played over two days, but was condensed to one day to avoid rain and possible snow today.

Men

Mesa State had four of the top five individuals to lead Adams State by 20 strokes, 630-650 after two rounds of play in the men’s tournament at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.

The Grizzlies, though, have the top individual. Jonathan Atencio leads by three strokes over Mesa’s Brandon Bingaman and Eric Farmer. Atencio had a two-round score of 152. Bingaman and Farmer shot 155. Mesa’s Calen Hoppe and John Savage are tied for fourth with 160.

“I was impressed with the first round scores,” Hansen said. “It was blowing pretty good. I think there was some fatigue down the stretch, a long day out there. I don’t think any of us should be real disappointed. It’s still early. We haven’t played that much golf. We’re hitting the ball good, but playing in these conditions you’re going to have some bad swings.”

The men play the 18 holes of the three-round at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting.


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