This week, the Demons had to scramble.
With Brooke Kniffin and Haleigh Lyon missing because of school and weather conflicts, the Durango High School girls golf team had to scramble for a couple of players to fill its No. 2 and No. 3 spots, first at Cobble Creek on Monday in Montrose, then The Bridges on Tuesday in Montrose.
DHS head coach Kirk Rawles also scrambled a couple of girls who moved up Tuesday to the varsity squad into a scramble format.
“It gave us a chance to move some other people in and let them play,” Rawles said.
“Took kind of an inexperienced squad, but the only way to get experience is to play.”
Jessica Pohlman and Courtney Peterson stepped in for the Demons, taking third in a scramble at The Bridges paired with a couple of golfers from Dolores.
The day before, Pohlman shot a 106 at Cobble Creek – her career best, Rawles said – and Peterson shot a 127 in just her second full round of 18.
In the No. 1 spot, Natalie Lyon shot a 99 at Cobble Creek, her third round under 100 for the year. She shot a 106 at The Bridges.
Reilly Waldo just missed breaking 100 with a 101 on Monday, then took sixth overall at The Bridges with a 94.
“And that’s her career best in high school,” Rawles said.
“It was great to see Reilly play as well as she did (Tuesday).”
Amanda Rydiger matched Pohlman with a 106 at Cobble Creek – another personal best, Rawles said – and she shot 108 at The Bridges.
Kala Keltz of Montrose was the medalist on both days, shooting a 75 at Cobble Creek, then a 73 on Tuesday.
“She’s a player,” Rawles said. “She’s awesome. She’s just a good player.”
Keltz led Montrose to a victory Monday with a 257 team score. Moffat was second with 298, Dolores third with 299 and Durango fourth with 306.
Team scores weren’t kept Tuesday because the teams split golfers in between individual rounds and the scramble to help deal with the difficulty of the course.
“Cobble Creek and The Bridges are pretty tough courses,” Rawles said. “They have water or red stakes on just about every hole, so it’s a tough course to kind of chart your way around.
“It was good to get some more mileage in and move Amanda and Jessica up.”
Next up, DHS will play a pair of rounds in Grand Junction – Bookcliff at 11 a.m. Monday, then Tiara Rado at 9 a.m. Tuesday.