Scouting the competition: GJ’s Fellhauer relishes chance to see top golfers
Jordan Fellhauer used Tuesday’s round of the two-day Central Invitational girls golf tournament as a sneak peek at the competition for the regional and state tournaments.
Although the Grand Junction High School senior wasn’t happy with her 86 at Tiara Rado Golf Course, she played alongside three of the top golfers in the state.
Fellhauer was paired with Central’s Loren Forney, who tied for 16th at state last year, Valor Christian’s Lindsey McGetrick, who was sixth in the Class 4A tournament, and Salida’s Emily Wood, who won the 4A state title last season.
“It was really good competition and it can help me prep myself mentally for that kind of players,” Fellhauer said. “I thought it was good to see.”
After finishing with an 80 during the first day of the tournament at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, Fellhauer had a two-day total of 166, which sets her up for next week’s regional tournament at Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont.
“This whole round was a disappointment for me,” Fellhauer said. “But it’ll get me ready for regionals and state.”
Overall, Fellhauer has put together a solid senior season and is looking to make it back to the state tournament after finishing 23rd as a sophomore. Fellhauer said at Ute Creek, she’ll have to play steady.
“I have to play myself and ignore everything else,” Fellhauer said. “I just need to play smart.”
Forney said she also enjoyed the competition this week, going head-to-head with McGetrick on Monday and Tuesday.
Both players shot a first-round 74, but McGetrick won on the second hole of a playoff.
Tuesday, Forney double-bogeyed the 18th hole and finished at 75. McGetrick won the second day of the tournament with a 74, and helped Valor Christian finish first Tuesday at 250 and win the two-day team title at 508.
“This was a great learning experience,” Forney said. “(Monday) I had the playoff and it was a good experience to get into match-play mode. And it’s not state yet, so it’s OK to lose.”
The Warriors will also play next week at Ute Creek, and Forney wants to play relaxed and qualify for state.
“Regionals is calmer because I have the confidence that I’m going to make it,” Forney said. “I just want to get the lowest round I can and take it easy.”
Fruita Monument had a good day Tuesday, finishing second with a 259. Sophomore Jessica Sinner shot an 81 and teammate Tymerie Ho shot an 82.
“Usually when one person plays good, the rest of the team plays well,” Sinner said. “We’re using this to prepare for regionals.”
Sinner fell just short of qualifying for state last year and said the different for her at next week’s regional at Ute Creek will be her short game.
“The short game is so important, like getting out of bunkers and making putts when they need to be made,” Sinner said. “There were a lot of putts I wasn’t happy with last year.”
Palisade was led by Kate Shuman’s 100 on Tuesday and led by Madison Myers’ 118 on Monday. The Bulldogs are a young team and play their regional Monday and Tuesday at Yampa Valley Country Club in Craig.
“We are so young that we’ve improved leaps and bounds,” Palisade coach Jan Norell said. “The girls are looking good.”