LONGMONT — Erin Sargent truly subscribes to the fact that it takes a village to raise a child.
In her case, her village includes her family, the crew at Twin Peaks Golf Course and the faculty and staff at Silver Creek. The were all an integral part on her path to the Class 4A state title this year.
"I could not have done any of this without them supporting me," said Sargent, who was named the BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year. "Everyone has always been so supportive of me."
It was a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Sargent this spring.
Even with the poor weather that plagued a majority of the tournaments, Sargent — who keeps her swing fresh with winter time trips to the warm weather of Arizona — hit the ground running and was playing good golf early in the season.
But then she hit a rough patch.
"I had a week where I had a couple of rounds that were just not my usual game. My swing was just not in a good place," said Sargent, who also thanked Raptors coach Meredith Nelson, who was with her all four years — including her first two competing for the St. Vrain team at Skyline.
"But after that, it started smoothing out and I was feeling more and more confident every time I went out on the golf course."
Scores continued to go lower and lower and her confidence grew. After winning the Northern League title, Sargent obliterated the field at the Northern Regional tournament at Saddleback — winning by eight shots.
All aspects of her game were in sync end she headed to state at Pueblo Country Club figuring that she would be in the mix, but not quite knowing what to expect .. after all golf is a fickle game.
After Day 1 she put herself in the final group for the second straight year and, playing along side friend Caroline Jordaan of Colorado Academy, went into the final round calm and eager to finish her prep career in style.
"I just wanted to go in and stick with my game, based on what I needed to do on every shot," said Sargent, who will continue her playing career in Laramie at the University of Wyoming. "I just kept my head down and focused on what I needed to do."
Still all that work and preparation came down to one shot. Tied with Jordaan on the final hole of the tournament, Sargent sunk a 12-foot birdie putt to win the tournament and make it a Silver Creek sweep in 4A this year. Jackson Solem won the title for the Raptors in the fall.
Sargent will make her usual round on the Colorado junior golf scene this summer in preparation for college, including trying to qualify for her second straight U.S. Women's Amateur.