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Durango girls golf claims Cobble Creek win

Tichi the individual medalist

Led once more by Lilly Tichi, the Durango High School girls golf team claimed a tournament victory in its second competition of the season.

Tichi shot a 12-over-par 84 Thursday at Cobble Creek Golf Club in Montrose to claim a six-shot victory ahead of teammate Zayda Mestas, a sophomore.

With the score of junior Summer Bonnar, who shot a 20-over 92 to place fourth, the Demons (266) comfortably beat rival Montrose by 15 shots to claim the team title.

“The girls built off what they did Tuesday in Cortez,” said DHS head coach Kirk Rawles, referencing the team’s second-place finish at Conquistador. “Lilly played a little more solid round today to be the medalist, and Zayda played well to get second.”

Fruita Monument placed third after shooting 312, while Palisade was fourth at 335 and Eagle Valley fifth with a team score of 351. It was a deep field with nine teams and 37 players.

Montrose’s Grace DeJulio, a sophomore was third after she shot a 91. Giada Amundson, a Montrose freshman, was fifth with a 93, while Durango sophomore Natasha Walcott shot 94 to place sixth.

“Having four girls all shooting 90s or better, we feel like we have a lot of depth,” Rawles said. “The funny thing is we left a lot of strokes out there today, too. We have a lot left in the tank because everyone had a three- or four-putt even out there. They’re hitting the ball well.”

Leading Montezuma-Cortez, which finished eighth as a team, was freshman Chesnie Patrick, who shot a 99.

The Demons will get back in action Monday at Bookcliff Golf Club in Grand Junction followed by another tournament Tuesday at Adobe Creek.