AURORA — On the first day of the Class 5A girls golf state tournament, CommonGround Golf Course threw everything it had at the 84 golfers who qualified for the state finals.
Monday was windy and rainy. The par-72 course played tough. Only Regis Jesuit's Mary Weinstein, who leads at 1-under through the first round, was under par for the day.
Sitting in 10th place with one round to go, the Monarch Coyotes were bitten by the conditions as much as any other team.
"Well, it was overall disappointing," Coyotes head coach Mike Riley said. "The weather, the condition of the course, some very tough pins and the fact that the greens are very, very glassy made it tough if you didn't have the ball in the exact position. A lot of our issue was that we'd come in short because we found that they were not holding and they'd still bounce or roll through, and that put us in secondary positions of wasting a shot to get in back up by the hole."
While she wasn't thrilled with the scorecard, which ready 3-over 75, Coyotes senior Delaney Elliott battled enough to leave herself within striking distance for the second day. She is currently in a three-way tie for second with Ralston Valley's Jordan Remley and Grandview's Morgan Sahm.
Elliott, who tied for ninth last year, hit 14 greens in regulation in her 18-hole round and was 1-under through the front nine after shooting birdies on the par-5 fifth and par-4 ninth to offset her one bogey. On the back nine, Elliott shot consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12, 13 and 14, and then birdied the par-4 16th to hit the clubhouse at 3-over. Her ball-striking was excellent but some spotty putting led Elliott to uncharacteristically bogey three par-3s.
"It's definitely more nerve-racking because it's state," Elliott said. "The weather obviously affects your shots but it affects everybody's shots so just fighting through that was the biggest thing today. Towards the end it was getting rainy and I got a little frustrated for a while but I just tried to stay patient through most of it. I wish I was in the lead but I think I played pretty well. I just need to make a few more putts tomorrow."
Legacy's Jennifer Hankins, who placed sixth in 2015, shot a 7-over 79 on Monday to finish Day One in a four-way tie for seventh. Fairview's Madison McCambridge carded an 80 to end the first day in 11th place.
Anna Roh was the top golfer for Broomfield on Monday, finishing 14-over and tied for 34th.
Class 5A girls golf state championships
At CommonGround G.C., 72
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 230, Grandview 238, Ralston Valley 244, Arvada West 249, Cherry Creek 250, Rock Canyon 250, Heritage 254, Fossil Ridge 256, Loveland 256, Monarch 257, Denver East 258, Broomfield 266, Highlands Ranch 270, Legacy 271, Fairview 276, Pine Creek 278.
Top individuals — 1. Mary Weinstein, Regis Jesuit, 71; t2. Delaney Elliott, Monarch, 75; t2. Jordan Remley, Ralston Valley, 75; t2. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 75; 5. Amy Chitkoksoong, Grandview, 76; t5. Jaclyn Murray, Regis Jesuit, 76; t7. Amish Singh, Smoky Hill, 79; t7. Jennifer Hankins, Legacy, 79; t7. Joanna Kempton, Heritage, 79; t7. Leigha Devine, Fossil Ridge, 79.
Other Monarch results — t21. Carly Gallant 82; 73. Emma Teuton 98; t77. Liina Neitenbach 104.
Other Legacy results — t25. Andrea Hoos 85; 83. Kelly Yoshihara 107.
Broomfield results — t34. Anna Roh 86; t40. Hope Kim 88; t55. Maddie Kern 92.
Fairview results — 11. Madison McCambridge 80; t48. Kelsey Webster 90; 82. Sophie Nelson 106.