Whalen second in Junction

DHS golfers battle chilly conditions

Durango High School senior golfer Lexi Whalen finished second individually Monday in the annual Grand Junction Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club.

Whalen shot an 88 in windy and raw conditions at the course in north Grand Junction to finish one stroke behind Rifle teammates Taylor Walters and Allison Powell.

“Lexi played really well,” Durango head coach Kirk Rawles said. “I was really excited for Lexi, especially after shooting a 40 on the back nine. That is a good number.”

Brooke Kniffin shot a 106 for the Demons, while teammate Natalie Lyon shot 108.

Freshman Reiley Waldo shot a 111 for the DHS girls who finished tied for fourth as a team.

Jessica Pohlman, in her first tournament, shot a 118 for the Demons. Amanda Rydiger added a 119.

“Jessica had a great time out there. She really had fun,” Rawles said.

Led by co-medalists, Rifle won the team title with a 269.

Grand Junction Central was second Monday at 285.

Fruita Monument carded a 299 team total.

Durango and Grand Junction tied for fourth at 302.

“It was raw ... windy and cold,” Rawles said, adding that the DHS bus ran into snow on Red Mountain Pass earlier Monday. “There weren’t a lot of scores under 100 (Monday).

“But no rain ... I guess we were lucky,” the DHS coach said, hoping for warmer weather today for the Central Invitational at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction.

“The girls are learning every time they play,” Rawles said after the Demons completed their third 18-hole round of the season.

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