LONGMONT — Like most years, the Broomfield girls golf team was optimistic about the start of the Front Range League season in 2017.
However, Thursday's conference opener at Twin Peaks Golf Course went even better than the Eagles could have anticipated. In particular, Eagles junior Anna Roh had a day to remember.
Leading the Eagles to a big day, Roh shot a 2-over 72 to turn in the best round of her life and finish in a tie for second place.
"I guess it's just about walking onto the course with a lot of confidence," Roh said. "That's a big piece of what I'm working on. Once you get the mechanics down, it really starts to become a mental game."
Roh, who said she has set her sights on a top-five finish at this year's state tournament after tying for 44th last year, had three birdies and carded an eagle on the par-5 seventh.
Including Roh, eight of the nine Eagles who competed on Thursday shot the best rounds of their lives to take third place in the team scoring behind Monarch and team champion Fossil Ridge. Broomfield's Lauren Hirsch shot an 85 to place 10th, and Ana Cole and Kate Chilton each carded a 95 to tie for 20th and round out the team scoring.
"I wish I knew what got into us because I'd love it if we could capture it," Eagles head coach Tony Ferraro said. "It's great for our confidence and they can really see now that they're getting better and that even lower scores are possible moving forward."
Fairview's Kelsey Webster won the Front Range League opener with a 2-under 68. She opened her round with a birdie and was 1-over at the turn before catching fire on the back nine. In the final seven holes, Webster had three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14 and also birdied the par-4 17th to reach two under par and lead the Knights to seventh place.
"It was all Kelsey today," Fairview head coach John Zerwin said. "She started a little rough and just didn't putt really well. But then she played real well coming in."
Monarch's Carly Gallant took home fourth place with a 73, birdying Nos. 6 and 8 and shooting just two over on the back nine. Teammate Emma Teuton finished in a tie for seventh place, shooting an 82 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 14.
Tied with Teuton for seventh place, Legacy's Izzy Hebert made six pars and birdied the par-4 14th. The Lightning finished eighth in the team scoring.
Payton Williams, who tied for 14th, turned in the lowest score for Boulder with an 88. The Panthers were fifth in the team scoring.
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At Twin Peaks G.G., par 70
Team scores — Fossil Ridge 316, Monarch 329, Broomfield 347, Rocky Mountain 379, Boulder 390, Mountain Range 401, Fairview 409, Legacy 423, Horizon 512.
Top individuals — 1. Kelsey Webster, Fairview, 68; t2. Anna Roh, Broomfield, 72; t2. Leigha Devine, Fossil Ridge, 72; 4. Carly Gallant, Monarch, 73; 5. Kayla Elder, Fossil Ridge, 80; 6. Cammie Fowler, Fossil Ridge, 81; t7. Izzy Hebert, Legacy, 82; t7. Emma Teuton, Monarch, 82; 9. Gabi Werst, Fossil Ridge, 83; 10. Lauren Hirsch, Broomfield, 85.
Other Boulder results — t14. Payton Williams 88; t20. Sydney Arthur 95; 26. Rylee Shepard 100; 30. Katie Bush 107; t31. Laura Osborne 110.
Other Broomfield results — t20. Kate Chilton 95; t20. Ana Cole 95; 27. Mcklyn Madsen 102.
Other Fairview results — t14. Kate Jordan 88; t34. Barbara Wein 113.
Other Legacy results — 29. Paige Stevens 105; 36. Jessica Whitcomb 114; 37. Maile Harris 122; t41. Jillian McKevitt 129.
Other Monarch results — t12. Liina Neitenbach 87; t12. Gabrielle Ferro 87; 23. Olivia Parsons 98.