As a three-time state qualifier already, Fairview senior golfer Jordan Sunset has steadily improved her standing among the state's best each season.
She placed 58th at the Class 5A state tournament as a freshman, 43rd as a sophomore and 25th as a junior. She also tied for the Front Range League title as a sophomore.
So in 2013, it's no surprise that she's got a top-10 finish in her sights. Ditto for fellow Knights returners Kelly Moran and Megan McCambridge for that matter, as both logged top-15 finishes a year ago in their second trips to state.
But the collective hopes of all three add up to much bigger aspirations for the Knights, who placed third as a team at state in 2012.
"I would really like if we could win state," said Sunset, who along with the area's other prep golfers officially began practices on Monday, even if those practices were indoors due to snow-covered golf courses. "I think that's, as a team, our main goal for this season.
"We've put the effort in, and I believe we can do it."
Of course, reaching the top won't come easily, even with a pair of Division-I recruits.
Moran signed with William and Mary, and Sunset is a future Northern Colorado Bear. McCambridge, meanwhile, could also end up playing at the college level if she chooses.
But defending state champion Cherry Creek, which topped runner-up Arapahoe by 14 strokes at state and Fairview by 32, returns its core as well.
"If we can play to our abilities, we can compete with them," second year Fairview coach John Zerwin said. "I know we've done some good work over the offseason."
In addition to touring the summer tournament circuit, the Knights spent much of the offseason together doing strength training.
McCambridge, who is still playing basketball for the Knights in the playoffs, hasn't yet joined the golf team. But there will be added depth this year as well to help bridge the gap, with junior Maddy Stewart and McCambridge's freshman sister, Madison, competing to score for FHS.
But by state time, there's also little doubt that it will be the talented senior trio's experience that will lead the Knights' efforts.
"We're all really good friends," Moran said. "We know each other's games really well and help each other out. And I think our friendship really adds to the strength of the team."
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