Devils second at regionals; send two to state
MONTROSE — Play on, ladies.
Eagle Valley girls golf’s season continues after both Taylor Sandoval and Allyson Ludewig both qualified for state on Tuesday at the regional tournament at Cobble Creek in Montrose.
Sandoval carded an 82, while Ludewig came around with an 87, and the Devils finished second as a team behind only host Montrose.
“I knew the girls had it in them,” Devils coach Blake Scott said.
Sandoval and Ludewig are heading to River Valley Ranch for the 4A state tournament May 18-19. While there is the traditional practice round on the day before — yes, it is a Sunday, and this is an exception to the coach-athlete CHSAA Sunday contact rule — Eagle Valley will use its proximity to the Carbondale course and get in at least another round there before the two-round tournament.
And in theory, the weather should be a little bit better than when the Devils played there during the regular season.
“We played in hail, snow and 40 mph wind,” Scott said. “That’s what we get in girls golf.”
Water and sand adventures
Every path to state has its twists and turns, and these two were no exceptions. Sandoval has been to state before, but she was nervous on Tuesday.
“I was sick to my stomach,” she joked. “It was just nerves. I got to the range and tried to reassure myself.”
That seemed to work because Sandoval was just 2-over par after the front nine. And things were going swimmingly, pardon the expression, until she hit the drink on No. 15. As Cobble Creek would indicate, her ball landed in said creek. Not to be deterred, Sandoval took off her shoes and socks and got the ball out of the hazard.
While that resulted in a triple-bogey, the junior knew she was doing well because she had a gallery.
“I had a crowd,” she said. “You know something good is going on.”
Ludewig also had a solid front nine and then found an evil bunker. It happens to just about everyone who’s picked up a golf club. It took her four swings to get out.
“Blake tried to make me smile and that was great,” Ludewig said. “It was not a fun hole. I was 4-over par on the front nine and then it takes me four to get out of the bunker. I’ve learned that golf is 85 percent mental. You have to put that hole behind you and move on.”
And she did. Ludewig had a bit of a wait at the clubhouse, but she got the eighth and final spot for individuals.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.