This is shaping up to be a season unlike any other in recent memory for the Broomfield girls golf team.
Before the weather got truly bad on Wednesday, the Eagles put together a strong finish in the final Front Range League match of the season to claim the runner-up spot in the conference title race. At the end of a spring campaign in which Fossil Ridge ran away with the title early, the Eagles were proud of taking second by 77 strokes over third-place Rocky Mountain.
Having come fairly close to a league title in one of the toughest leagues statewide, the Eagles will now turn their attention to regionals next week and trying to continue the trend of taking big steps forward at the highest levels remaining in 2018.
"Taking second place in the league is huge for us," Eagles head coach Tony Ferraro said. "We had all five of our players finish either first or second team all-conference. We've never had anything like that in this league. Having our two seniors, Anna Roh and Lauren Hirsch, having the expectations that they were going back to state this year after making it last season really provided the rest of our team the leadership we needed to accomplish our goals."
Hirsch and Roh placed 59th and 64th, respectively, at last year's state championships. Joining the Broomfield lineup midway through the season after transferring from Holy Family following a seventh-place finish in Class 3A last season, sophomore Meghan Vogt took fourth in the Front Range individual standings. All three girls were named to the all-conference first team, while teammates Nicole Fatovic and Vicki Fankell made the second team.
Apart from last season, the Eagles have qualified for the team competition at state fairly regularly. They haven't ever had a full four-player lineup at the state championships since moving up to 5A. The Eagles think this spring is their best chance yet despite being scheduled to play in a Western Regional at Fox Hollow that includes tough teams in Ralston Valley and Cherry Creek.
"I don't see any reason we can't send all four," Ferraro said. "If our girls play to the level they're capable of, we should be able to get that fourth player qualified and we all know how important that can be."
At regional tournaments, the top two teams qualify for state and the next best 13 scorers who are not included in the team qualification will qualify individually.
Unlike Broomfield, it doesn't appear as though Fairview's young team will send a quartet to the state championships. But it's likely the Knights, who are hosting this year's 5A state championships at Boulder Country Club on May 21-22, will send on exceptionally talented player.
Knights senior Kelsey Webster was two strokes back of the Front Range League title entering Wednesday's conference finale at Riverdale and shot a 74 to win the individual league title by two strokes. After placing ninth last season, Webster bolstered her chances of a potential title run with a strong finish to the regular season.
"She was very happy to come back and complete it," Fairview head coach John Zerwin said. "One of her goals this year was to repeat as league champion so she was pretty determined yesterday morning to get off to a good start."
As determined by Class 5A's waterfall format, the Knights will compete in the Central Regional after placing fourth in the Front Range League team scoring. Monarch placed fifth in the Front Range League and will play in the Northern Regional. Boulder finished sixth and will join Broomfield in the Western Regional. Legacy finished seventh in the Front Range and will play in the Southern Regional.
Regional golf schedules
Monday, May 7
Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak at 3A golf Region 3 at the Olde Course in Loveland; Centaurus, Niwot, Silver Creek at 4A golf Region 4 at Highland Hills in Greeley; Legacy at Class 5A Southern at Colorado Springs Country Club; Fairview at Class 5A Central at South Suburban; Boulder, Broomfield at Class 5A Western at Fox Hollow; Monarch at Class 5A Northern at Collindale.
Tuesday, May 8
Holy Family at 3A Region 1 at Hollydot Golf Course.
Wednesday, May 9
Erie, Frederick, Mead, Skyline at 4A Region 3 at Pelican Lakes in Windsor.