A Devil’s Thumb’s up

DHS girls golf takes second in its first round of the year

The Demons got a thumb’s up at Devil’s Thumb.

The Durango High School girls golf team took second behind Natalie Lyon’s career-best round in the Demons’ first day of golf this season at Devil’s Thumb on Wednesday in Delta.

Lyon took fourth with an 86.

“She played, again, the best round she’s ever had, and she definitely even left a few strokes out there with that,” DHS head coach Kirk Rawles said.

Understandable, considering the only real golf practice the Demons have had yet this year was hitting a few balls at Dalton Ranch and a little bit of putting work at Hillcrest last week.

Taylor Walter of Rifle was the medalist with a 73, and Montrose won the day with a 240 team score.

Durango took second with a 274, just ahead of Grand Junction’s 281.

Brooke Kniffin shot a 92 for Durango – “one of her better rounds she’s ever had,” Rawles said – Haleigh Lyon shot a 96, Reily Waldo a 97 and Amanda Rydiger a 108.

“To have four girls break 100 in the first round of the year leaves me fairly optimistic,” Rawles said.

Junior varsity golfer Jessica Pohlman shot a 137.

“We’ll definitely need to work on the short game – chipping and putting,” Rawles said.

“They just got to put some miles in, now. Play some, go back and work on it; play and work on it.”

More miles Thursday: The Demons will tee off at 10 a.m. at Black Canyon in Montrose.

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