Tigers’ Tufly staying focused on consistency
Grand Junction High School golfer Jordan Tufly doesn’t get too worried about slow starts.
Monday at Bookcliff Country Club, the Tigers’ No. 1 golfer finished sixth in the Grand Junction Invitational with a 96.
Tufly missed the first three tournaments of the season because of a team infraction, and Monday’s round marked only her second of the season.
“It’s been harder to get started this season,” Tufly said. “But I’m used to starting slow, even when I play, my back nine is always the best.”
Tufly has qualified for the state tournament the past two seasons. Now a senior, Tufly has five more events until the Metro East Regional Tournament on May 9 at Tiara Rado Golf Course.
“I’m trying to get my swing figured out so I can have a consistent swing for regionals,” Tufly said. “I’m still feeling a little rusty, because coming out of winter you don’t play as much, so I need to get consistent.”
Tufly’s coach this season is her father, Clay, who is in his first season with Grand Junction. Clay Tufly said Jordan’s matured over her time as a varsity golfer.
“They don’t play a lot of real golf until they get to the high school level,” Clay Tufly said. “Now I know when she goes out there she knows what she’s looking for and doesn’t make as many mental mistakes.”
Clay Tufly added that Jordan’s been a little discouraged by her first two rounds of the season both being in the 90s, but understands the big picture.
“She still gets frustrated, but understands we are working up toward regionals,” Clay Tufly said. “We are doing that with all the girls, and wanting them to get better every shot.”
Monday’s event caused trouble for most of the 52 players on the course. Only six players finished with a sub-100 score.
Fruita Monument’s white team won the event with a 284. The Wildcats’ Jessica Sinner was the top individual with an 85.
This is the second straight tournament Sinner’s won.
“I think there were some fast greens, some tough hazards and it’s still not ideal golf conditions,” Fruita Monument coach Tim Coit said. “Plus, there are a lot of inexperienced kids and they have to go through the battles and suffer a little.”
Central had two players finish in the top five with Kendra Martinez shooting a 91 for third place, and Kiana Garcia’s 94 putting her in fifth place.
“The greens were a little quicker, and when these greens are quick, they have break,” Central coach Casey Doss said. “The girls haven’t seen break like this all year so it’s a good test for them in learning what putting is all about.”
Palisade’s top score was Kate Shuman’s 106. Rifle’s Taylor Walters finished fourth with a 92.