ENGLEWOOD -- Taylor Dorans is the only player in the girls state high school golf tournaments -- 4A or 5A -- who has a chance this year for a fourth straight top-10 finish at state.

But at this point, the Broomfield senior is only concerned with ending her high school career in the No. 1 spot.

After placing sixth twice and fourth once at the 4A state meet, Dorans will go into Tuesday's final round of the 2013 tournament one stroke out of the lead and very much in the hunt for her first state high school title.

The University of Wyoming signee shot a 3-over-par 75 in sporadically windy and rainy conditions Monday at Broken Tee Golf Course, leaving her tied for second place. She trails only University of Colorado recruit Tori Glenn of Valor Christian, who missed just one green en route to a 74. Jennifer Kupcho of Jefferson Academy matched Dorans' 75.

"She really played her tail off to get that score," Broomfield coach John Ferraro said of her two-birdie, five-bogey day. "She played great. She was hitting it right on the button all day long."

Despite missing a couple of putts inside of 4 feet -- in addition to making a bogey on the 18th hole -- Dorans came away with a smile on her face Monday.

"I feel really good," she said. "I'm coming out here just playing for myself -- having fun, enjoying it, because it's my last high school tournament. I'm kind of just embracing it and doing what I can. I can't control what the other girls are going to do, but as long as I play for myself, I'll be happy."


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Dorans has won five or six tournaments so far this season, and on Monday she withstood tough conditions to keep herself near the top of the leaderboard. She played her last seven holes in 1 under despite the closing bogey.

"What was tough was, the wind would blow for a while, then it would stop, then it would change directions, then it would rain so the greens would be a little slower for a bit," Ferraro said. "It was just one of those days where there was a lot going on with the weather. That made it harder.

"The course is tight and with the wind blowing it's easy to get off line. You can get in trouble pretty easy if you don't watch out."

While Dorans' Broomfield teammate, Carson Platnick, shot an 89 to share 29th place, the round of the day came from Glenn. The future CU golfer hit 17 greens in regulation and closed with a 1-under-par 35 on the back nine.

Glenn began playing golf just two years ago, but she finished ninth at state as a junior and is in prime position for the title as a senior this year.

"You just keep on cutting strokes back and improving," she said. "That's all you can ask for in this game."

Glenn was a high-level gymnast and had hopes of landing a gymnastics scholarship at the University of Denver until she broke her right leg as a Valor sophomore.

She played junior varsity golf that season with a cast on her leg.

"I was on one leg, hobbling around and hitting away," she said. "When you love something it doesn't matter what obstacle is in front of you. You'll go for success no matter what."

 

Class 4A state golf tournament

At Broken Tee G.C., par 72

 

Top individuals -- 1. Tori Glenn, Valor Christian, 74; t2. Jennifer Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 75; t2. Taylor Dorans, Broomfield, 75; 4. Kala Keltz, Montrose, 76; 5. Kylee Sullivan, Cheyenne Mountain, 78; t6. Kiselya Plewe, Dolores, 79; t6. Alex Trask, Bishop Machebeuf, 79; 8. Kaitlyn Mobley, Fort Morgan, 81; 9. Nicole Rooney, Green Mountain, 82; t10. Kelsey Greiner, Mountain View, 83; t10. Katherine Kemp, Cheyenne Mountain, 83.

Other Broomfield results -- Carson Platnick 89.