WESTMINSTER — For the Monarch girls golf team, Monday's Willie DiLoretto Invite was both a high-caliber invitational and a critical Northern League meet.
While the Monarch Coyotes played fairly well, the tricky ups-and-downs and greens at The Ranch Country Club weren't as kind as they had hoped.
Chasing Fossil Ridge for the league title now with one meet to go, the Coyotes finished fourth in the invitational team scoring and second to Fossil Ridge in the conference scoring. While they didn't shoot their best scores or gain any ground in the FRL standings, the Coyotes did get a look at some of the state's best teams with less than a month until the Class 5A state tournament on May 22-23.
"Our top five girls averaged 38 putts each today," Coyotes head coach Mike Riley said. "That was our day in a nutshell because it's an up-and-down kind of course and it plays a little longer so we didn't quite get all we needed out of our yardage. And we were pushing to try and shave Fossil's stroke lead on us for the league championship and when you push, you try to overdue things and that doesn't always work out the way you want."
Coyotes senior Carly Gallant, who averages 32 putts per 18 holes this season, putted 39 times on Monday. Despite her struggles on the green, Gallant still carded a 9-over 79 and tied for seventh place overall after shooting just 3-over on the back nine.
Monarch's Liina Neitenbach shot an 87, Anna Nickerson shot an 88, Emma Teuton shot an 89 and Gabby Ferro shot a 91. It wasn't the best round for Gallant, or any of the Coyotes for that matter. But Gallant noted that had she turned in that score on that course a year ago, she would have been thrilled.
"There were lots of ups and downs, I would say," Gallant said. "It was kind of a scramble 79, I guess, for me. But I pulled it together at the end. It's encouraging that I have improved enough to break 80 with my B-plus game and I know what I need to work on going into regionals and state — my putting. I think if I work on that in the next couple weeks, I'll be really confident."
One of the girls Gallant tied with at 79 was Fossil Ridge's Leigha Devine. Both Gallant and Devine are currently chasing Fairview's Kelsey Webster, who shot a 77 on Monday, for the Front Range League individual championship.
Led by an 88 from Anna Roh, the Broomfield Eagles took sixth place at Monday's invitational.
The final Front Range League tournament at Broadlands Golf Course next Wednesday, May 3.
Willie DiLoretto Invite
At The Ranch Country Club, par 70
Team scores — Colorado Academy 224, Cherry Creek 245, Fossil Ridge 245, Monarch 252, Loveland 254, Broomfield 271, Thornton 276, Northglenn 277, Rocky Mountain 285, Boulder 287, Prairie View 289, Legacy 292, Fairview 297, Brighton 312, Niwot 330, Westminster 341, Horizon 342, Adams City 356, Wheat Ridge 402.
Top individuals — 1. Lehigh, Loveland, 73; t2. C. Jordaan, Colorado Academy, 74; t2. M. Jordaan, Colorado Academy, 74; 4. Kneen, Colorado Academy, 76; t5. Goderstad, Colorado Academy, 77; t5. Webster, Fairview, 77; t7. Devine, Fossil Ridge 79; t7. Doran, Loveland, 79; t7. Gallant, Monarch, 79; t10. Canon, Cherry Creek, 80; t10. Ahn, Cherry Creek, 80.
Other Fairview results — Nelson 96, Wein 124, Duncan 135.
Other Monarch results — Neitenbach 87, Nickerson 88, Teuton 89, Ferro 91.
Boulder results — Williams 92, Arthur 101, Bush 104, Shepard 108, MacDonald 108.
Broomfield results — Roh 88, Hirsch 90, Cole 93, Nassar 95, Madsen 97.
Legacy results — McKevitt 91, Hebert 94, Stevens 107, Whitcomb 114, Harris 116.
Niwot results — Solem 95, Pleffner 114, Blanco 121.