LONGMONT -- Windy conditions Monday had almost every player at the Fox Hill Country Club blown off course at one point or another. But the gusts sweeping across the Front Range especially played havoc with Fairview's game.
The Knights ended up in second place at the Skyline Invitational after two of its players succumbed to the elemental conditions plaguing the tournament. Both Kelly Moran and Jordan Sunset had otherwise strong showings marred by triple bogeys on the 18th hole initiated by the day's weather.
"If Kelly and Jordan par that hole, we would have probably beat Cherry Creek," Fairview coach John Zerwin said.
Fairview missed a crack at knocking off the defending Class 5A state champions by four strokes. But even with such a grand opportunity slipping through their fingers, the Knights were none the worse for the ware.
Fairview's players are pleased with their early-season play and believe they are ahead of the curve. At the invitational, the team collected three top-10 finishes, with Moran coming in second with a 78, Sunset tying for fifth with an 80 and Megan McCambridge tying for seventh with an 81.
"We're strong this year and are really supporting each other," said Moran, one of four players to break 80 Monday. "With a little bit more time to practice on actual grass, instead of inside off mats, I think our games will keep getting stronger."
Fairview had the only top team finish at the match, but a slew of local golfers came up with top individual places at the match.
The best round came from one of the invitational's youngest competitors. Monarch's Delany Elliott took her second round of her high school career by storm, shooting five-over par to finish second.
"It was a bit of a surprise," the Coyote freshman said. "I knew I was playing well, but I wasn't keeping track of my score, so I didn't know how well I was shooting."
Monarch coach Michael Riley was impressed with Elliott's four birdies in the round and believes she is just scratching the surface of her potential.
"She's a player," Riley said. "She'll be around for a long time and will only get better. I expect her to be low by the end of this season."
Taylor Dorans had the other top round of the tournament, finishing tied for seventh. The Broomfield golfer was pleased with the finish, especially given the trouble she suffered midway through the match. The senior had to gut a two-stroke penalty on the ninth hole after she hit the wrong ball.
"Two shots is a lot in golf," she said. "It was frustrating, but it happens."
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At Fox Hill C.C., par 72
Team scores -- Cherry Creek 295, Fairview, Loveland 249, Legacy 263, Estes Park 271, Rock Canyon 281, Skyline 1 281, Greeley 286, Legacy 2 292, Regis 295, Broomfield 295, Monarch 300, Thompson Valley 307, Boulder 307, Mt. Range 309, Prairie View 324, Skyline 2 344, Berthoud 369.
Top 10 individuals -- 1. Callie Ringsby, Cherry Creek, 74; 2. Delany Elliott, Monarch, 77, 3. Kelly Moran, Fairview, 78; 4. Kelly Petersen, Loveland, 79; 5. Dani Urman, Cherry Creek, 80; 5. Jordan Sunset, Fairview, 80; 7. Margot Leibold, Cherry Creek, 81; 7. Taylor Dorans, 81; 7. Megan McCambridge, Fairview, 81; 7. Raquell Castillo, Loveland, 81.
Other Fairview results -- Madison McCambridge 95.
Other Monarch results -- Mandy Enis 110, Remy Mullen 118, Elise Kinney 113.
Other Broomfield results -- Carson Plantnick 97, Karli Hughes 120, Hope Kim 117.
Other Legacy results -- Jennifer Hankins 93, Lisa From 92, Morgan Hoos 89, Morgan Stacks 89, Andrea Hoos 99, Jenae Torrez 104, Delanie Hepp 117.
Boulder results -- Aly Beeman 89, Danielle Picard 113, Helanina Christie 107, Leah Perletz 115.
Skyline results -- Adara Pauluhn 85, Janti Klimecki 96, Erin Sargent 100, Brittany Weingardt 112, Morgan Satrom 115, Kylie Torres 116, Jessica Burnett 116, Aisling Bradbury 113.