Silver Creek’s Erin Sargent should contend for individual medalist honors this year.
Silver Creek's Erin Sargent should contend for individual medalist honors this year. (Mark Leffingwell / For BoCoPreps.com)

GOLFERS TO KNOW

DELANEY ELLIOTT, SR., MONARCH — Headed to Montana State in the fall for golf, Elliott represents part of a strong group of local seniors within the Front Range League.

CLAIRE McPEAK, SR., NIWOT — A top-20 finish at state, highly attainable, would be a great way for McPeak to finish out her prep career.

MADDY McCAMBRIDGE, SR., FAIRVIEW — Last year's Front Range League scoring champ ended up placing seventh at state. She'll be attending Wisconsin-Stout in the fall.

ANDREA HOOS, SR., LEGACY — Golf is a family tradition for Hoos, and the senior could be a dark-horse in the FRL after winning a regional title a year ago.

JENNIFER HANKINS, SR., LEGACY — The Lightning's best finisher at state last year, Hankins should be healthy and ready for a brilliant senior season.

CARLY GALLANT, JR., MONARCH — After finishing about 15th in the league last year, Gallant and Elliott could help bring Monarch its best season in years if the chips fall in the right places.

ERIN SARGENT, SR., SILVER CREEK — Leading the state tournament at one point last year, Sargent should be prepared for similar situations in 2016.

HOPE KIM, SR., BROOMFIELD — The Eagles senior finished fifth at regionals and could be in line for a much improved placing at state.


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MADDIE KERN, SR., BROOMFIELD — Coming off a breakout basketball season, Kern is yet another consistent golfer in the BHS clubhouse who will look to break into the top 40 at state.

LACI WILLIAMS, SR., SKYLINE — Won the Tri-Valley League's player of the year honors last year, and she very well could finish in the top 30 at state after placing 43rd in 2015.

 

REGIONAL/STATE INFORMATION

Class 5A regionals — Tournaments will take place at Colorado Springs Country Club, Ptarmigan, Tiara Rado and a fourth location to be determined the week of May 9. Conference finishes will dictate which teams will go to which locations.

Class 5A state tournament — May 23-24, CommonGround G.C.

Class 4A Northern regional — Local teams: Centaurus, Erie, Frederick, Niwot, Silver Creek, Skyline. Time & location: The week of May 9 at Saddleback Golf Course in Frederick.

Class 4A Metro-West regional — Local teams: Jefferson Academy and Peak to Peak. Time & location: The week of May 9 at Fox Hollow in Lakewood.

Class 4A state tournament — May 23-24, Pueblo Country Club

 

TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Ryan Bishop (fourth season)

Last year: Finished eighth at Class 5A Central regional

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Maya Burgin, Jr.; Jade Hunter, Sr.; Laura Osborn, So.; Payton Williams, Jr.

Outlook: Bishop is working with a good group of girls that will be eager for the shot at getting to the state tournament, and he said he really feels Hunter has put in the work to make her senior year a special one. The younger Panthers should be able to gain good insight on how to compete this year.

 

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Tony Ferraro (second season)

Last year: Finished tied for 14th at Class 5A state tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Brenna Fankell, Sr. (Finished tied for 52nd); Maddie Kern, Sr. (T-52nd); Hope Kim, Sr. (T-59th).

Broomfield’s Hope Kim watches the ball after teeing off during the 2015 state championships.
Broomfield's Hope Kim watches the ball after teeing off during the 2015 state championships. (Jenny Sparks / For BoCoPreps.com)

Others to watch: Kenna Anderson, Sr.; Cassidy Crown, Sr.; Lauren Hirsch, So.; Anna Roh, So.

Outlook: The Eagles have eight seniors, and that alone will make for some strong competition within the group to get a four-girl team at state, but Ferraro also said that Roh could make a charge and Hirsch has developed nicely, too. Off the course, the girls as a whole carry a 4.1 GPA — that brings a mental toughness to the links.

 

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Bill Kipp (second season)

Last year: Finished 16th at Class 4A Northern Regional

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Amaya Cox, So.; Brie Nickal, So.; Jessie Huth, So.; Abby Schmid, Sr.; Katie Strohl, So.

Outlook: Another team filled with headstrong golfers, Kipp hopes the Warriors as a whole can turn the corner this year and get a couple qualifiers. Schmid is the senior leader, and though there are a couple more potential returners whom Kipp wasn't 100 percent on at press time, a strong group of sophomores should be fun to work with.

 

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Matthew Smith (second season)

Last year: Finished 12th at Class 4A Northern Regional

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Sophie Arnold, So.; Jordan Couper, Sr.; Shayla Hoople, So.; Peyton Toledo, Jr.

Outlook: Smith is looking to make a solid jump in the program's infancy, and he said he has a couple of girls who have shown great consistency in their swings after playing a full schedule last year. The Tigers will play a couple of times at Saddleback to prepare for regionals.

 

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: John Zerwin (fifth season)

Last year: Finished 11th at Class 5A state tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Maddy McCambridge, Sr. (Finished tied for 7th); Tara Srinivas, Sr. (T-70th); Taylor Sunset, Jr. (T-64th); Kelsey Webster, So. (T-64th).

Others to watch: Kiana Junior, Sr.; Isabel Watebury, Sr.

Outlook: With four players having state experience last year, there is a good chance the Knights can build on an 11th-place finish as a team at CommonGround. Zerwin said the team has an excellent crop of seniors and juniors as a whole, and there's an overall maturity that could lead to steady play.

 

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: Chad Eisentrager (First season as girls coach)

Last year: This is the team's first season

Golfers to watch: Erin Baum, So.; Alix Lowry, Sr.; Cassie Palmer, Fr.

Outlook: It's always fun to see a new program sprout in any sport, and Eisentrager is excited to coach a diverse group of girls, some who may not have played the game before. The home course advantage of Saddleback as a regional site could bode well for the Warriors to qualify someone to state.

 

JEFFERSON ACADEMY

Coach: Josh Calkins (first season)

Last year: Finished third at 4A Metro-West Regional.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Lauren Alberts, Fr.; Maya Gordon, Jr.; Emily Grantham, So.; Ellie Hausmann, Fr.

Outlook: After having one of the state's most talented golfers around in Jennifer Kupcho, the Jaguars are looking for a new crop of girls to develop their game steadily. Calkins, who also coaches soccer, is excited to see a couple girls taking on multiple sports this spring — a good sign of character.

 

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Mark Glen (fourth season)

Last year: Finished third at Class 5A state tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Jennifer Hankins, Sr. (Finished sixth); Andrea Hoos, Sr. (T-36th); Maddy Rodriguez (T-79th)

Others to watch: Izzy Hebert, Jr.; Lanie Hepp, Sr.; Nichole Roberts, Sr.; Kelley Yoshihara, Sr.

Outlook: Dairy Queen gets a lot of business from the Lightning, whose goal is hardware at every Invitational they participate in. Glen's first batch of seniors have grown exponentially, he said, and the team's depth should make for a strong foursome at state, no matter who emerges.

 

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Mike Riley (18th season)

Last year: Finished ninth at Class 5A state tournament

Returning state qualifiers: Delaney Elliot, Sr. (Finished tied for ninth); Carly Gallant, Jr. (T-25th); Emma Teuton, Jr. (T-60th)

Others to watch: Gabby Fero, Jr.; Liina Neitenbach, Jr.; Anna Nickerson, Jr.; Olivia Parsons, Jr.

Outlook: Winners of state in 2006, the Coyotes really appear to be back at that level of play as a group — with three players who Riley said could easily end up in the top 10 in Front Range League play and a good group of juniors overall. Elliott should battle for every FRL tournament title this year.

 

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Dylan Hollingsworth (first season)

Last year: Finished second at Class 4A Northern Regional

Returning state qualifiers: Claire McPeak, Sr. (Finished tied for 31st).

Others to watch: Keena Strope, Sr.

Outlook: Hollingsworth, also the Cougars football coach, is taking on a team that has a number of returners, and although he hadn't gotten to evaluate much of anything yet was elated to get going with this group. He said McPeak in particular has set lofty goals, and his coaching philosophy gears more toward course management than it does perfecting swings.

 

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Missy Schreiner (sixth season)

Last year: Did not qualify for team scoring at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Kanayde Lampros, Jr.; Samantha Pursley, Jr.

Outlook: Schreiner is fielding her biggest team yet, and she hopes that there is a lot of learning involved this year which, if the girls keep at it, will translate to great things the next few years. Lampros and Pursley represent the heartbeat of the squad — Schreiner is hoping they'll set a pace that brings the squad along.

 

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Meredith Nelson (second season)

Last year: Finished sixth at Class 4A Northern Regional

Returning state qualifiers: Erin Sargent, Sr. (Finished third);

Others to watch: Dana Dwyer, So.; Kendra Green, So.

Outlook: In the team's second year, Nelson is hoping the Raptors take a collective step forward in the Northern League and eventually regionals. Green comes from Michigan, where she played softball and hockey, too, and Dwyer is another good athlete that should continue to improve. Nelson lauded Sargent's work over the course of her career, and big things could be in store.

 

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Cory Hoople (second season)

Last year: Finished fourth at Class 4A Northern Regional

Returning state qualifiers: Grace Gunlikson, Jr. (Finished tied for 55th); Laci Williams, Sr. (Finished 43rd)

Others to watch: Sophi Auer, So.; Allison Hoskins, Sr.; Trinity Peter, Sr.; Kenna Peterson, So.; Isa Ramos, Sr.

Outlook: Always a fine program as a St. Vrain co-op, the Falcons excelled in the Tri-Valley League last year on their own and now hope to repeat the overall accomplishments. Hoople enjoys the fact the team's leaders are taking on roles to help everyone succeed, and the experience overall could parlay into a team qualification at regionals.