Breezes test DHS golfers

Demons finish second at Kirtland Central Invitational

The Durango High School girls golf team answered the challenge of tough conditions in New Mexico on Monday with its most balanced play of the season.

The Demons, led by three golfers in the low 90s, finished second to host Kirtland Central in the annual Kirtland Central Invitational at Riverview Golf Course.

“Not only did the girls score in the 90s, it was the low 90s,” head coach Kirk Rawles said. “We really played pretty good.”

Lexi Whalen led the Demons with a 92, good for sixth.

Haleigh Lyon posted a 93; sister Natalie Lyon shot a 94.

They were seventh and 10th, respectively, giving the DHS girls three players in the top 10.

Brooke Kniffin added a 102. Jessi Wymore shot 106 for DHS.

“We have a little more depth this year, and that helps,” Rawles said.

With four players scoring as is the custom in New Mexico, Kirtland Central posted a 359. DHS was second with a 381.

Aztec was third with a 401.

Summer Tossie of Kirland Central shot an 84 for medalist honors.

Under New Mexico prep qualifying criteria, the Demons would be well on their way to the state tournament after posting Monday’s numbers.

The players also faced windy conditions, with gusts to 25 mph. An overnight frost left the greens long, slow and challenging, Rawles said.

“But our girls did really well,” Rawles said as the Demons prepare to host the annual Demon Invitational on Monday at Hillcrest Golf Club.

The tournament will kick off at 10 a.m.