Warriors easily capture 2nd straight title on the links
When a high school golf team’s three scoring players all finish in the top five, it’s going to be hard to beat.
The Central girls have proven that the past two days.
After winning Monday’s season-opening Wildcat Invitational at Adobe Creek National Golf Course by 34 strokes, the Warriors continued their domination Tuesday.
Central shot a 251 in the Palisade Invitational at Lincoln Park Golf Course. That was good for a 27-stroke victory over Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.
Central’s Loren Forney, Angela Marquez and Jazmin Lee all shot below 90 to finish in the top five.
Forney, who won Monday’s tournament by four strokes, took an even more comfortable victory at Lincoln Park. Forney shot a 78, giving her a five-stroke edge over Grand Junction’s Jordan
Fellhauer, who tied Angela Marquez for second Monday.
Marquez helped Central’s cause with a third-place finish Tuesday, shooting an 85.
Instead of trying to improve the length of her drives, Marquez worked on her swing over the winter.
“I went to Golf Tech (a teaching school in Grand Junction) this winter,” Marquez said. “I shortened my swing. It’s more under control now.”
With cameras videotaping the golfer from the front and the side, “(Golf Tech) looks at every aspect of your swing,” Marquez said.
Lee finished fifth at 87, one shot behind Michelle Stripp of Glenwood Springs.
Lee, whom Warriors coach Casey Doss said is the team’s most improved player from last season, has gone the other route off the tee box. Her work in Doss’ weight class at Central has improved the length of her drives.
After finishing fourth in Monday’s Wildcat Invitational, Grand Junction improved its status in the team race on the second day.
“We’re a younger team,” Tigers coach Kevin LaDuke said. “After losing two seniors, we’re doing some rebuilding.”
Fellhauer and Jordan Tufly both got consistent varsity time last season.
Mackenzie Schmalz finished in a three-way tie for sixth on Tuesday with a 93, and Rayelynn
Early, who shot a 102 on Tuesday, has been a pleasant surprise.
LaDuke takes the same approach to the season no matter the experience level of his players.
“We started out this way last year and look how it ended,” he said of producing a state-qualifying team by the end of the season.
The Western Slope tour takes the rest of the week off before resuming in Montrose on Monday.