Their regional lineup is set, and the Durango Demons just so happen to be playing their best golf of the season – best golf in the last three years, too.
Durango High School girls golf coach Kirk Rawles said the Demons shot back-to-back 283s Tuesday in Montrose and Wednesday in Gunnison, the Demons’ best team scores in his three years at the helm of the program.
“Great rounds,” he said Wednesday night.
And a few personal bests, too.
Montrose won its home tournament Tuesday at Cobble Creek with a 262. Moffat County was runner-up at 276, then Rifle at 282 and the Demons’ 283.
Kala Keltz was Tuesday’s medalist at 76.
Haleigh Lyon hit a personal best 90 to lead the Demons. Lexi Whalen shot a 91 and Madeline Tovar a 102.
Also for DHS at Montrose, Brooke Kniffin shot a 106, Natalie Lyon a 108, Jessi Wymore a 118 and Amanda Rydiger a 123.
Montrose won at Dos Rios in Gunnison with a 279, and Wednesday’s 283 earned DHS a runner-up result.
Gunnison finished third at 305.
Whalen led DHS with a 90, and freshman Natalie Lyon shot a personal best 96, one stroke better than her sister.
Seniors Chelsea McSparren and Tovar each shot 105s.
Led by Kniffin’s personal best 106, the Durango JV won its division, and that’s with two first-time golfers: Wymore set a PR with a 111, and Rydiger shot a 119.
“That’s pretty good,” Rawles said. “And Natalie, Brooke and Amanda all are freshmen, so we’re pretty optimistic about that.”
The immediate future, however, involves Whalen, Haleigh Lyon, McSparren and Tovar, the Demons’ regional team. They’ll leave Sunday, practice Monday, then play the one-day tournament Tuesday at Battlement Mesa in Parachute for a chance at the CHSAA Class 4A State Girls Golf Championships.