Playoff luck finally turns for Peterson

MONTROSE — Montrose High School girls golf coach Jim Scarry exaggerated the number of times it had happened, having a little fun with one of his players, but he wasn’t kidding about one thing:

When it came to scorecard playoffs to break ties for places, Chelsea Peterson had all of the luck of a tee shot that hit the pin, then rolled off the green.

She had never won a scorecard playoff until Tuesday’s Montrose Invitational, which doubled as the final round of the two-day Southwestern League Championship. And then she didn’t feel so good about it.

Peterson didn’t know the exact number of scorecard playoffs she’d lost, but it wasn’t the nine Scarry suggested. But she was sure of the number of victories: zero.

“I think this was my third or fourth this season,” Peterson said of the scorecard playoff that broke the tie for second place. “And, of course, it had to be against my best friend.”

That would be Jordan Cherry, who matched Peterson with an 82, one stroke behind medalist Kiselya Plewe of Dolores/Montezuma-Cortez on Tuesday at The Bridges in Montrose.

But Peterson quickly dismissed the arbitrary nature of a scorecard playoff and said, “In my heart, we still tied.”

Cherry was on the other side of scorecard-playoff luck. She hadn’t been part of many, but when she was, she never lost — until Tuesday.

If it had to happen, she said, “I’m glad it was to Chelsea.”

Before Cherry could finish saying that, Peterson yelled out, “We both finished second.”

That rang true for the team score as their 82s, along with an 86 from Mikayla McKie, made Montrose the winner of the invitational with 250 strokes and the winner of the SWL title with 488 strokes.

Peterson, who fired a 79 a day earlier and finished third when she lost a scorecard playoff to McKie, completed the SWL meet alone in second place with 161 strokes, two behind SWL medalist Plewe.

Cherry was one stroke behind Peterson in third place, and McKie was fourth at 165. Durango’s Reiley Waldo was fifth at 173. Those five players earned all-league honors.

Winning the SWL championship was one of the Indians’ goals, ranking a notch below their next goal: winning the Class 4A regional May 6 at Adobe Creek National Golf Course.

First things first, though, Scarry told his players to enjoy Tuesday’s accomplishment.

“When you get a chance to win a championship, you have to enjoy it,” Scarry said. “This game grinds at you. It’s such a difficult game.”

Cherry’s sentiments made it clear the Indians will.

“I’m so proud of our team,” she said. “We’ve come a long ways this year. Our juniors have really stepped it up, putting pressure on us seniors (to play better).”


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