Golfers to know

Erin Baum, Sr., Frederick: The senior has steadily improved in each of her first three seasons and has a shot to do so yet again after placing 34th despite a couple rough days at the state tournament last season.

Aubri Braecklein, Fr., Jefferson Academy: Capable of consistently shooting around par, the freshman has already given head coach Abram Ziemer reason to believe she can be in the mix for a top-10 finish at the 3A state tournament.

Hailey Schalk, So., Holy Family: She won the Class 3A individual title by seven strokes as a freshman last season and after a strong year of offseason competition, she'll be looking to defend her state championship this spring.

Kelsey Webster, Sr., Fairview: The University of Colorado-bound senior didn't have her best rounds at the state tournament last season and will be back to improve on her still-impressive ninth place finish in 5A as a junior.

Megan Vogt, So., Broomfield: Vogt will be wearing Eagles blue this season having transferred from Holy Family after placing seventh in 3A as a freshman in 2017.

Postseason information

Class 5A regionals — The tournaments will take place at country Club of Colorado, Fox Hollow, Collindale and Kissing Camel golf courses during the week of May 7. Conference finishes will dictate which teams will go to which locations.

Class 5A state tournament — May 21-22, Boulder Country Club.


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Class 4A state tournament — May 21-22, Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Class 3A state tournament — May 21-22, Elmwood Golf Club, Pueblo.

Class 4A Region 2 tournament — Local teams: Mead. Date & location: May 8, Eisenhower (Silver).

Class 4A Region 3 tournament — Local teams: Erie, Frederick, Skyline. Date & location: May 9, Pelican Lakes.

Class 4A Region 4 tournament — Local teams: Centaurus, Niwot, Silver Creek. Date & location: TBA.

Class 3A Region 1 tournament — Local teams: Holy Family. Date & location: TBA, Hollydot.

Class 3A Region 3 tournament — Local teams: Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak. Date & location: TBA.

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Ryan Bishop (sixth season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Sydney Arthur (Sr.), Clair Boyle (Sr.), Katie Bush (Sr.), Laura Osborne (Sr.)

Outlook: This year, the Panthers are looking to bounce back and make their way into the state tournament field. With 20-plus girls on the roster, many of whom have plenty of rounds of experience, the Panthers have worked hard this offseason and expect that to pay off this season.

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Tony Ferraro (fourth season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Lauren Hirsch (Sr., 59th), Anna Roh (Sr., 64th), Megan Vogt (So., t7th in 3A)

Others to watch: Ana Cole (Jr.), Mcklyn Madsen (Jr.)

Outlook: The Eagles were already expecting a strong season with several 2017 state qualifiers coming back for more this spring and they have even more reason for optimism with transfer Megan Vogt joining the team after placing seventh in 3A with Holy Family last season. With that in mind, the Eagles have set their sights on the Front Range League title and qualifying an entire team for state in 2018.

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Tim DeBerry (second season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Amaya Cox (Sr.), Katie Strohl (Sr.), Jessie Huth (Sr.), Chantell Humphries (Sr.), Brie Nickal (Sr.)

Outlook: Coach DeBerry thinks the Warriors will benefit from having more of a veteran presence with all the seniors they have coming into this season.

ERIE TIGERS

Coaches: Russell Fox and Brandon Bird (first season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Sophie Arnold (Sr.), Madison Cantwell (So.), Shayla Hoople (Jr.), Mara Wissman (So.)

Outlook: This year's Tigers team has quadrupled in size and the majority of the new players are freshmen and sophomores. The coaches plan to leverage the leadership of a few key returning upperclassmen to support the raw talent of the underclassmen and hopefully qualify multiple players for state and begin to grow a more competitive program for the future.

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: John Zerwin (eighth season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: Kelsey Webster (Sr., t9th)

Others to watch: Kate Jordan (Jr.), Baeli Wein (Jr.)

Outlook: The Knights are excited about this season as senior Kelsey Webster will lead a young team into the Front Range League Schedule. The reigning league champion, Webster is as good a No. 1 as there is in the state and head coach John Zerwin is looking forward to seeing which new names jump into the lineup.

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: Chris DeSantis (first season)

Last year: Did not place at 4A state

Returning state qualifiers: Erin Baum (Sr., 34th), Cassie Palmer (Jr., 77th), Payton Wallace (Jr., 71st)

Others to watch: Jenna Frenzel (Jr.)

Outlook: The Warriors finished last season on a high note by qualifying three players for the Class 4A state tournament and all three of those players are back in 2018. After serving and an assistant coach for the boys team over the past two seasons, Chris DeSantis takes over the girls program this spring and believes he has inherited a state-qualifying team.

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coaches: Matt Schalk and Perry Holmes (second season)

Last year: Placed second at 3A state

Returning state qualifiers: Hailey Schalk (So., 1st), Heather Stauter (Sr., 21st)

Others to watch: Kelly Bondurant (So.), Brittany Floyd (Jr.)

Outlook: After finishing runner-up in Class 3A last spring, the Tigers have a strong one-two punch returning to the lineup in 2018 with defending state champion Hailey Schalk and senior Heather Stauter. The Tigers lost a top-10 placer to transfer but had sophomore Kelly Bondurant transfer in from Monarch, and expect to be in the mix again at this year's state tournament.

JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

Coach: Abram Ziemer (first season)

Last year: Placed seventh at 3A state

Returning state qualifiers: Emily Grantham (Sr., 49th), Trinity Stuart (So., 36th)

Others to watch: Lauren Alberts (So.), Aubri Braecklein (Fr.)

Outlook: The Jaguars feel like they're in good shape entering the season with two state qualifiers and two other girls who they believe could have qualified for state if the team was allowed to play more than four players at regional last season. The team unfortunately lost returner Ellie Hausmann to a season-ending knee injury sustained during basketball season but also believes incoming freshman Aubri Braecklein has a chance to contend for a state title.

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Erin Baer (first season)

Last year: Did not place at state.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: None.

Outlook: Still in the midst of a rebuilding process that started last season, the Lightning players will be focused on developing golf skills, strategies and tactics. With Erin Baer taking over as the only female head coach in the Front Range League, there figures to be a greater emphasis on goal-setting and communication in the Legacy camp this season.

MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Mary Durkin (first season)

Last year: Did not have a team

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Shania Danile (Sr.), Kennalyn Peterson (Sr.)

Outlook: The Mavericks are excited to kick off their inaugural season with a girls golf program and will do so with head coach Mary Durkin coming over from Berthoud to lead the way. Seniors Kennalyn Peterson and Shania Danile will bring some experience to the new team after playing varsity golf at Skyline last season.

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Michael Riley (20th season)

Last year: Placed ninth at 5A state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Jamie Thompson (Jr.), Yulim Kim (So.), Peyton Korte (Sr.)

Outlook: The Coyotes graduated eight seniors from last year's talented team and will field a young group this spring. This year's team will include just three returning letter-winners and will be looking for a number of player with minimal varsity experience to take big steps forward.

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Ed Weaver (second season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Mya Ostrom (Sr.), Julia Solem (So.)

Outlook: The Cougars are a young team with only one senior on the roster and thus will be a young group yet again. Still, head coach Ed Weaver is expecting one or two state qualifiers to emerge at the end of this season, especially with Julia Solem coming so close as a freshman in 2017.

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Missy Schreiner (eight season)

Last year: Did not place at 3A state

Returning state qualifiers: None

Others to watch: Mai Canales (Jr.), Ella Junker (Jr.)

Outlook: With only one player returning from last season, Peak to Peak is excited to have eight total players on the team this spring. Many of those players are relatively new to golf and this figures to be a rebuilding season, but the coaches are encouraged by their developmental potential.

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Bill Kipp (first season)

Last year: Did not place at state

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Mollie McCoy (Sr.), Taylor Sandal (Sr.)

Outlook: Coming over from nearby Frederick, head coach Bill Kipp is optimistic about the potential this year's team has with seniors Mollie McCoy and Taylor Sandal leading the way. As the Raptors build for this and future seasons, Kipp is focusing on improvement in ball striking and scoring as the season progresses.

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Kendra Versoi (first season)

Last year: Did not place at 4A state

Returning state qualifiers: Lexi Ekern (Jr., 67th)

Others to watch: Ella Movick (So.), Tiffany Schluckebier (Jr.)

Outlook: This spring's Falcons roster includes about an even split between returning golfers and girls who are completely new to the sport. Junior Lexi Ekern is determined to return to the state tournament and would like to improve her handicap while consistently shooting in the low 90s.

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