Devils take third at Black Canyon |

Devils take third at Black Canyon

Ian Cropp
Daily file photoChelsey Lueders

MONTROSE – Before Thursday, the best Chelsey Lueders had shot was a 94. All she did in Thursday’s tournament at Black Canyon was shave nine strokes off that to finish second.”I just think I broke through that plateau,” Lueders said. “This year I kept shooting 101, and I broke all the way through.”After shooting a 40 on the front, Lueders had two rough holes on the back, but kept her composure to help her team finish in third place among 4A schools with a 287.”I had two sevens on two par-4s,” Lueders said. “I thought it was over. I was like, ‘I’ll probably shoot in the 90s.'”

Lueders had three birdies on the day, with her best coming on a par-3, where she sunk a 52-foot putt. She was most pleased, however, with her short irons.”They had been kind of rough, and I worked on them with my coach (Joanie Ewing) (Wednesday),” Lueders said. “I’m glad I worked on them because I hit so many today.”Chelsea Hedrick shot a 100 and Keegan Hammond had a 102 as the Devils finished behind Moffat County and Rife. Freshmen Stephany Seig and Emily Boyd shot a 116 and 117, respectively.Steady improvement

Last week, Eagle Valley finished fourth at Battlement Mesa, with Hedrick (101), Lueders (103) and Jeanette Baker (112) scoring.The following day, the Devils took third at Rifle, with Hedrick and Lueders (99) tying for fifth overall, and Hammond (104) taking seventh.”I think all the girls are doing really well,” Ewing said. “It’s a matter of everything clicking. Chelsey’s scores hadn’t reflected how she had played, but today everything finally clicked for her.”Ewing hopes that her team will be able to finish ahead of Rifle or Moffat County in one of the upcoming tournaments.”One day, if their games fall into place, we’ll be right up there,” Ewing said.

On Monday, the Devils will have a chance to knock off Moffat at its home tourney at Yampa Valley.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

Support Local Journalism