AURORA — The 2016 campaign was a great ride for the Monarch girls golf team.
Unfortunately, their fantastic spring didn't end quite as well as the Coyotes had hoped. After two rough days at CommonGrounds Golf Course, the Coyotes finished in 11th place at the Class 5A girls golf state championships.
After the tournament was finished on Tuesday, Coyotes head coach Mike Riley said the players were disappointed but he was still impressed with his team.
"We had hoped to improve a lot more after Day 1 but this golf course was tough on our kids," Riley said. "Plus, we had the weather delay and that didn't help. We just couldn't get any consistency going. The state tournament was a disappointment but the girls have played well all season.
"We hit all of our goals. We won the league, we won the regional, we qualified for state, we had seven great victories in a row, so things were not as bad as they seem right now."
Leading the Coyotes through the difficult playing conditions, senior Delaney Elliott turned in a 4-over 76 to go with her 75 from Monday and placed fourth. She finished 11 strokes back of state champion Mary Weinstein from Regis Jesuit after entering the day in a three-way tie for second place.
Elliott, who placed ninth last season, started Day 2 with a double bogey but battled to keep her score at 4-over at the turn and played even par on the back nine. She had three birdies on the day.
Monarch's Carly Gallant finished with a two-round score of 167 and in 26th place.
After placing seventh last season, Fairview's Madison McCambridge took 12th on Tuesday. She shot an 80 on Day 1 and a 7-over 79 on Day 2.
"Yesterday, I had an up-and-down round with four birdies, two doubles and a triple," McCambridge said. "Today was definitely more consistent with pars, bogeys, but I did start the day off with a double so that was hard. We've had wind and rain and when we went out after the delay, the conditions had changed. I'm a little bummed with how I did but I played fine overall and I had a good season."
The Fairview Knights were 12 strokes better as a team on Day 2 and finished in 15th place. The Broomfield Eagles were 14 shots better on Day 2 and finished in 12th, eight strokes behind Monarch.
The Legacy Lightning ended the tournament in 14th place, one stroke ahead of Fairview. Legacy's Jennifer Hankins, who placed sixth on 2015, shot 79 and 83 to finish in a tie for 17th at 18-over for the tournament.
Grandview won the team championship.
Class 5A girls golf state championships
At CommonGround G.C., par 72
Team scores — Grandview 462, Regis Jesuit 464, Arvada West 479, Ralston Valley 488, Heritage 497, Rock Canyon 503, Cherry Creek 503, Denver East 509, Fossil Ridge 509, Loveland 509, Monarch 510, Broomfield 518, Highlands Ranch 530, Legacy 539, Fairview 540, Pine Creek 573.
Top individuals — 1. Mary Weinstein, Regis Jesuit, 71-69-140; 2. Amy Chitkoksoong, Grandview, 76-68-144; 3. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 75-73-148; 4. Delaney Elliott, Monarch, 75-76-151; 5. Jordan Remley, Ralston Valley, 75-77-152; 6. Ali Peper, Arvada West, 83-71-154; 7. Jaclyn Murray, Regis Jesuit, 76-79-155; 8. Leigha Devine, 79-77-156; t9. Lauren Lehigh, Loveland, 81-77-158; t9. Julia Baroth, Denver East, 81-77-158; t9. Joanna Kempton, Heritage, 79-79-158.
Other Monarch results — 26. Carly Gallant 84-83-167; t68. Emma Teuton 98-94-192; t80. Liina Neitenbach 104-103-207.
Broomfield results — 25. Maddie Kern 92-74-166; t44. Anna Roh 86-89-175; t46. Hope Kim 88-89-177.
Fairview results — 12. Madison McCambridge 80-79-159; t42. Kelsey Webster 90-84-174; t80. Sophie Nelsen 106-101-207.
Legacy results — t17. Jennifer Hankins 79-83-162; t22. Andrea Hoos 85-80-165; 83. Kelley Yoshihara 107-105-212.