Niwot freshman Julia Solem chips to the green during Wednesday’s Northern League tournament at Indian Peaks Golf Course. Go to for more
Niwot freshman Julia Solem chips to the green during Wednesday's Northern League tournament at Indian Peaks Golf Course. Go to for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

LAFAYETTE — The Class 4A state champion in 2015 and the state runner-up in 2016, Silver Creek golfer Jackson Solem has stood among the elite tier of Colorado prep golf for several years now.

While Jackson Solem's prep career is now over, the Solem family's prep golfing legacy looks to be far from being officially in the books. There is another Solem, and she has the potential to be quite good in her own right.

Niwot freshman Julia Solem has spent the first two thirds of her freshman season rapidly improving in her quest to eventually challenge her older brother, with whom she plays every day. While no younger sibling could be blamed for shying away from such a daunting sibling comparison, Julia Solem has embraced any and all that will inevitably follow her throughout her career with the Cougars.

"It definitely adds a lot of pressure because everyone has these high expectations for me," Julia Solem said. "But I also have high expectations for myself. I think that it also helps me because it pushes me and it drives me to be the best I can possibly be."

On Wednesday, Solem shot a 13-over 85 to place fourth in the fifth Northern League match of the season at Indian Peaks Golf Course. She shot par on the par-5 first, the par-4 sixth and the par-3 eighth, and didn't record anything worse than bogey on the front nine.

Though she carded four more pars after the turn, Solem shot 7-over on the back nine with double-bogeys on Nos. 12 and 18. Even on a day when the players had to battle 25-plus mile-per-hour winds, Solem broke her previous best career round by six strokes.


"Last night I told myself that I was going to come out here today and break 90," Solem said. "I wasn't really hitting my driver great but I was putting well. If I wasn't making those putts, I don't know what I would have shot. I wish I would have finished better, but that's alright. I'm really happy with the way that I played."

Solem and the Niwot Cougars finished third behind Northridge and the team champion Loveland Indians, who were led by Lauren Lehigh and Aili Bundy shooting matching 77s and tying for first in the individual competition.

The host Centaurus Warriors finished fifth in the team scoring with Amaya Cox and Brie Nickal tying for 15th place with matching 102s, and Chantelle Humphries tying for 18th with a season-low 105.

"We're getting better every week," Centaurus head coach Tim DeBerry said. "They're doing some wonderful things. But we just have those mental lapses that happen in golf in the middle of your round. We had some of those but the wind got us today on top of your normal golf middle-of-the-round blowups."

Amelia Haines, whose 105 tied her with Humphries for 18th, was the top finisher for Silver Creek.

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Northern League Match #5

At Indian Peaks G.C., par 72

Team scores — Loveland 330, Northridge 349, Niwot 408, Mountain View 412, Centaurus 416.

Top individuals — t1. Lauren Lehigh, Loveland, 77; t1. Aili Bundy, Loveland, 77; 3. Sydney Hannig, Northridge, 82; 4. Julia Solem, Niwot, 85; 5. Samantha Chandler, Northridge, 86; 6. Natalee Hall, Loveland, 87; 7. Lois Sheaffer, Northridge, 88; 8. Hannah Doran, Loveland, 89; t9. Megan Prevost, Fort Morgan, 93; t9. Isabel Burgess, Northridge, 93.

Other Niwot results — 14. Mya Ostrom 100; 22. Trinity Plaffner 109; 24. Sarah Scharff 113.

Centaurus results — t15. Amaya Cox 102; t15. Brie Nickal 102; t18. Chantelle Humphries 105; t20. Katie Strohl 107; t25. Jessie Huth 114.

Silver Creek results — t18. Amelia Humphries 105; t20. Kendra Green 107; t27. Olivia Gomez 121.