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After watching Jordan Remley hit a precise approach shot toward the 18th green at Broken Tee Englewood to finish a 3-under-par round of 69, I assumed I was observing a young lady who had been swinging a golf club since shortly after the day she learned to walk.
However, I discovered that Remley is not one of those athletes who specialized in one sport while growing up.
"I've been playing sports since I was 4 years old, and one day I was coming out with my dad and I ask, 'Can I hit your driver?' " the Ralston Valley senior said. "It was a real calm day with no wind and I just piped it down the middle."
Remley, who has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Wyoming, has developed into one of the state's best golfers heading into the May 8 state-qualifying regional tournament.
"I only started playing golf my freshman year, so this is my fourth year of golf," she said. "I've never shot over a 100. I'd say golf came pretty natural."
Remley has taken a few lessons, including a week of instruction from renowned golf teacher Hank Haney.
Remley has won or tied for medalist honors in every Jefferson County League tournament this spring.
"Considering that she had six months of golf before starting her freshman year at Ralston Valley and now she is leading the state with consistent under-par rounds, I would consider that amazing," Mustangs coach Wendy Davies said. "She is a great all-around young lady and athlete, she will continue to grow as she goes on to play at Wyoming, and I also hope to see her achieve her dream to be on the LPGA someday."
Highlands Ranch soccer coach Spencer Ward is catching flak for scheduling Falcons' home games on the grass field at Highlands Ranch instead of the turf at Shea Stadium.
"I get a lot of coaches calling me up and saying, 'Why can't we go to Shea?' " he said. "They say, 'Your field is bad.' But if it was unplayable, my school would not let us play on it."
Ward argues that it is hard to get students to drive to Shea to watch games and more do attend games played at the school.
He also said students and spectators get a closer view of the action on the field at Highlands Ranch than at Shea, Echo Park Automotive Stadium or Douglas County Stadium, where most Continental League games are held.
He is raising funds to improve the field at Highlands Ranch and hopes the district might construct a fence around the pitch.
"We're striving to make it a decent field so these kids can be like, 'You know what, we have a decent place to play,' " Ward said. "Girls can get injuries just as much on turf fields as grass fields."
McCaffrey joins brother
By now, everyone is aware that former Valor Christian and Stanford University standout Christian McCaffrey was selected eighth overall by the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League draft on April 27.
But did you know that he will be joining his older brother Max in the NFL?
Max McCaffrey, the 6-foot-2, 200 pounder who played college football at Duke and also was a standout at Valor, was signed as an undrafted free agent last May by Oakland but was released on Aug. 29. The wide receiver signed with Green Bay on Dec. 20, 2016 and was added to the practice squad.
Christian McCaffrey has two younger brothers. Dylan is a senior at Valor. He was the Colorado Community Media South Metro Football Player of the Year and will be a quarterback at the University of Michigan in the fall. Luke McCaffrey, a safety, receiver and quarterback, will be a junior at Valor next season. Michigan has apparently offered Luke a scholarship, but he has not made a college commitment.
Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 303-566-4083.
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