Redlands Mesa challenges golfers in CWGA tourney
By KENT MINCER
Yes, the pin placements and tee boxes at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa were set to challenge the players.
Then again, this is a state championship tournament.
Players throughout Colorado gathered in Grand Junction on Saturday for the first round of the two-day, 36-hole Colorado Women’s Golf Association Brassie Championship.
The women’s state better-ball tournament drew 64 teams competing in eight flights.
Stacey Arnold and D’ann Kimbrel, who both play out of Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood, combined for a 67 to take a three-stroke lead in the championship flight after the first day.
Bookcliff Country Club’s Liz Kennedy and Melissa Martin shot a 2-under-par 70 and are in second, two strokes ahead of Christie Austin and Janet Moore of Cherry Hills Country Club.
In fourth place was another Bookcliff Country Club pair, the mother-daughter team of Deanna and Loren Forney. The latter is a senior at Central High School.
Kennedy liked the course setup for the tournament.
“The good thing for us is that the course is challenging, the way they set the tees, the way they set the pins,” Kennedy said. “You’ve got to set up your shot.”
Martin recently completed her freshmen year as a member of the Colorado State University women’s golf team. She has only played in four tournaments this summer but she’s made the most of them.
She won the CWGA state stroke-play championship last month by three strokes over Becca Huffer, who Martin played against in the Class 5A state girls championship when the two were in high school.
“I have a wonderful young partner,” Kennedy said. “This has been a great opportunity to partner up.”
Today’s final 18-hole round tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Redlands Mesa.