Forney stays hot in the cold, winning another golf title

Loren Forney of Central drains a putt on 12 at Tiarra Rado.

Girls high school golfers in Colorado have learned that in order to play the game in the spring, they must be a hardy bunch.

That was never more true than Tuesday.

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark despite an hour delay from the 10 a.m. tee time at the Warrior Invitational at Tiara Rado Golf Course, the 33 varsity and five junior varsity players had to put their near-frostbitten hands in the back of their minds.

“It was cold,” Central’s Jazmin Lee said. “I was dressed in layers, that’s for sure.”

Despite the weather, Loren Forney remained hot, winning her third individual title in as many tournaments.

The Central junior, who moved from Rifle during winter break, was head and shoulders above everyone. She shot a 1-under-par 70 to win the title by 15 strokes over Gunnison’s Arly Landry.

On the strength of three top-four finishes, Central won its third team title of the season. The Warriors shot a 243, giving them a 34-stroke victory over second-place Grand Junction.

Two Warrior seniors,  Lee and Angela Marquez, augmented Forney’s score by both shooting in the 80s.

Lee finished third overall with an 86. It was her second top-three finish of the season. Marquez was one stroke back at 87.

“What I’m so proud of Jazmin and Angela about is that they both started off bad and pushed through it,” Central coach Casey Doss said.

It was a struggle through the first five holes for all the players in the shotgun format before temperatures began warming up a bit.

Despite the thermometer reading, Tiara Rado played well.

“The course was great,” Lee said. “The greens were extremely fast today.”

Lee began working out at a local gym in October, then started lifting weights in Doss’ class at Central. Although she’s longer off the tee box this year, it’s her short game that’s making a difference.

“Overall I’ve really been working on my short game, working from like 100 yards in,” she said.

With Lee and Marquez pushing each other, it’s fueled their competitiveness.

Despite scores in the mid-80s, “They weren’t happy with it,” Doss said.

Tuesday’s tournament was the first for most Western Slope players since March 17.

Adverse weather conditions postponed the March 23 Montrose Invitational and snow forced the postponement (and possible cancellation) of Monday’s Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club.

Central, Fruita and Grand Junction have tournaments in Littleton and Broomfield next week, with the rest of the Western Slope teams playing Thursday in Delta.


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