Skyline’s Lexi Ekern tries to keep her hands warm while waiting to putt on the green at 14 during the R2J Invitational on Monday at Mariana Butte
Skyline's Lexi Ekern tries to keep her hands warm while waiting to putt on the green at 14 during the R2J Invitational on Monday at Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

LOVELAND — The weather certainly didn't provide ideal conditions for golf on a damp, chilly Monday at Mariana Butte Golf Course.

But the way the weather has been this spring, prep golf teams are still struggling to get their golfers as much competition as possible in time for regional tournaments and don't have the luxury of being picky. For the Skyline girls golf team, which was shorthanded on Wednesday, the third Tri-Valley League Meet provided several girls an opportunity to step up for the varsity team.

The Falcons girls made the most of it, taking third place in the team scoring.

"Well, coming off of spring break, it's hard to get back into it when you haven't practiced or played in a little while," Falcons head coach Cory Hoople said. "Lacy (Williams) in particular, is not really happy with where her swing is right now."

Sharing the course with the R2J Invitational, the Tri-Valley teams played their league tournament within the larger invite. Windsor won the Tri-Valley tournament with a team score of 264 and Berthoud was second with 298 team strokes. Skyline was third with 308.

Williams, who placed 43rd as Skyline's lone representative at the Class 4A state tournament last season, led the Falcons with a 98 on the par-72 Mariana Butte track. Isa Ramos followed with a 101, Trinity Peter scored a 109, Allison Hoskins carded a 114 and Lexi Ekern finished in 115 strokes.

"Isa Ramos made a jump in her scoring and I think this might be her PR," Hoople said. "That's a huge positive. Lexi Ekern finished really strong, just four or five over on her last five holes. I think Trinity only had 35 puts or something like that so that's probably the best she's putted all year. We're definitely an improving team and we're starting to get into the meat of the season so we'll keep working to get better."

Windsor's Jessica Zapf was the top individual golfer in the Tri-Valley tournament on Monday, carding an 82. Though not in the Tri-Valley meet, Silver Creek's Erin Sargent, who placed third at the Class 4A state tournament last season, carded an 86.

The Frederick girls finished just behind Skyline in fourth place with a 312 team score. Erin Baum was the Warriors' leader with a 94 on the scorecard.

Erie's Jordan Couper finished just behind Baum in 95 strokes. She led the Tigers, who are in their second year with their own golf program, to a 330 team score and sixth place.

"I thought it went pretty well considering the lack of practice that we've been able to have because of spring break," Erie coach Matthew Smith said. "It was wet and a little bit cold but they made some really good shots so it was a good day."

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Tri-Valley League Meet 3

At Mariana Butte G.C., par-72

Team scores — Windsor 264, Berthoud 298, Skyline 308, Frederick 312, Resurrection Christian 318, Erie 330, Roosevelt 375.

Top individuals — 1. Jessica Zapf, Windsor, 82; 2. Kinsey Smith, Windsor, 87; 3. Elisabeth Pearl, Resurrection Christian, 88; 4. Molli Boruff, Berthoud, 89; 5. Kyra McDonald, Berthoud, 92; 6. Erin Baum, Frederick, 94; T7. Jordan Couper, Erie, 95; T7. Jayden Muro, Windsor, 95; t7. Bria Duvall, Windsor, 95; T7. Madison Montgomery, Windsor, 95.

Skyline results — Laci Williams 98, Isa Ramos 101, Trinity Peter 109, Allison Hoskins 114, Lexi Ekern 115.

Frederick results — Erin Baum, 94, Alix Lowry 108, Peyton Wallace 110, Cassie Palmer 122, Ashley Carder 127.

Erie results — Jordan Couper 95, Shayla Hoople 114, Peyton Toledo 121, Sophie Arnold 129, Kelsi McDonald 140.