Lightning delays put golfers in tough spot
It was only fitting in a girls golf season full of nasty weather, the first round of the Class 5A state tournament at Lone Tree Golf Course in Highlands Ranch was subjected to two lightning delays.
“It was hard to get going again after the second delay,” Grand Junction coach Clay Tufly said. “The girls in our group struggled down the stretch.”
The Tigers’ Jordan Tufly shot a 96 and is tied for 49th place. Tufly teed off on the back nine and played solid, but had a few tough holes, finishing with double bogey.
“She was a little disappointed, but she fought through it,” Clay Tufly said. “She hit the ball well, but the greens were tough, they were big and that got to a lot of the girls.”
Fruita Monument’s Jessica Sinner had the low score of the District 51 golfers, finishing with an 86 and is tied for 17th place.
The Wildcats’ junior had nine pars in her round.
“She played well on both nines,” Fruita Monument coach Tim Coit said. “She still felt like she left a lot out there, but hit it really well.”
Fruita’s Summer Igo is tied for 37th with a 91. Igo’s round was highlighted by two birdies.
Central’s Brittany Hoppe finished with an 89, which has her tied for 31st place entering the final round. Hoppe had six pars on the back nine, including five of the first six holes, but struggled after the second delay with a triple bogey and double bogey on the next two holes.
“She put together a decent round,” Central coach Casey Doss said. “I think she’s starting to realize she can be a top-tier golfer.”
The Warriors’ Sarah Robbins is tied for 61st place with a 103.
The second round will have a shotgun start at 8 this morning.
At the Class 4A tournament at Elmwood Golf Course in Pueblo, Montrose’s Kala Keltz is in eighth place with an 80.
The other Indians’ golfers didn’t fare as well. Madison Gill is tied for 52nd place with a 96, Baylee Hawk is tied for 78th place with a 104 and Justine Johnson is 81st with a 105.
Palisade’s Kate Shuman is tied 45th with a 95. Shuman struggled early, carding a quadruple-bogey and triple-bogey on the first two holes, but regrouped.
“The first couple of holes at state are tough,” Palisade coach Jan Norell said. “I don’t think she took a breath until the third hole.”
Shuman recovered to par three of the final holes on the front nine.
“It’s a long course, but she hit the ball well,” Norell said. “It was a respectable round.”
Rifle’s Taylor Walters is tied for 36th place with a 90.