DHS gets a taste of regionals

Demons girls golf finish 3rd, paced by a pair of top 5s

Some of Durango’s younger golfers might have been intimidated or at a loss for which shot to play by the amount of water on Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison, but that didn’t stop the Demons from a third-place finish and two golfers in the top five.

“Not our best but a decent showing,” Durango High School girls golf coach Kirk Rawles said Wednesday. “I’m fairly optimistic we haven’t played our best golf yet.”

And that’s good for DHS, which will play this course again at regionals for a chance at state.

Lexi Whalen and Haleigh Lyon will ride the confidence of a pair of top-five finishes into their regional tournament.

Whalen shot a 92 to finish third overall.

Lyon shot a 95 to finish fifth overall.

“I told them if they could manage that next time, that’s good enough for state,” Rawles said.

Kala Keltz of Montrose was medalist with a 80, and the Indians won the tournament at 270.

Rifle was second at 294 and Durango third at 297.

For DHS, Natalie Lyon shot a 110, Brooke Kniffin a 116 and Amanda Rydiger a 122.

“It was good for us to see this course,” Rawles said.

Before regionals and their attempt at this year’s state tournament, the Demons will play at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland, N.M., on Monday.