BOULDER — The Broomfield girls golf team looks poised to take a big step forward in terms of how competitive it can be at the state tournament at the end of the spring.
The truly exciting thing is that the Eagles look better than they have since moving up to Class 5A and their best player still hasn't even played yet. But that's not going to be the case much longer.
Meghan Vogt, a sophomore who transferred to Broomfield in the offseason after tying for seventh place at last season's Class 3A state tournament as a member of the team at Holy Family, has had to sit out the Eagles' first five competitions before gaining eligibility for varsity competition per the Colorado High School Activities Association transfer rules. The first Front Range League tournament of the 2018 season at Flatirons Golf Course on Tuesday marked the fifth and final tournament for which Vogt was ineligible.
Vogt did, however, play as a junior varsity player on Tuesday. It was her first official competition since December and all she did was card a 4-over 74, which would have landed her in second place overall behind Fairview's Kelsey Webster.
Given that they have raised their goals to match their potential, Vogt and the Eagles are counting down the days until scores like Tuesday's count for the varsity squad.
"I haven't played in a while so now it's getting really exciting," Vogt said. "I've played in so many tournaments but I was really nervous this morning. I don't know why. It's been a big change and I've been held out for a while but the girls on my team are all really nice so it's been good. I'm happy with how it went today and I can't wait to get going and play my first varsity tournament.
"I really would like to try to do the same thing or better at state, but I know a lot of people in 5A are really good. So, I'm going to try my best during the season just to improve and see how it goes after that."
Tuesday's chilly weather and constant wind made things hard on all of the players. Even without Vogt's low score, the Eagles fought through the challenging conditions to place second behind Fossil Ridge.
Eagles senior Anna Roh, who has set her standard at regularly shooting in the 70s this season after qualifying for the past two state tournaments, led Broomfield with an 80. Lauren Hirsch shot an 83 and freshman Nicole Fatovic carded a 90.
"I feel like I could have played better," Roh said. "But despite the circumstances, I feel like I tried my best in the cold and windiness. I'm shaving off a couple strokes at a time at each tournament so hopefully at the next tournament, you'll see me shooting in the 70s."
The Eagles have not qualified four players for the state tournament since moving up to the 5A classification four years ago. Head coach Tony Ferraro has a sneaky suspicion that this year's team could buck the trend.
"It was a windy and cold day but we still had some great scores," Ferraro said. "I'm really excited because Nicole our freshman shot 90 today, which is the best round of her life. In these conditions, to shoot your best round is really exciting. We have a lot of girls who are working hard and pushing each other and we're really looking forward to trying to win the league and take four girls to state this season."