BROOMFIELD — Meghan Vogt picked a fine time to go low.
The Broomfield junior-to-be fired a career best 2-under par 70 on Tuesday at Colorado National G.C. in her first United States Golf Association qualifying event and advanced to the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur later this July at Pebble Beach's Poppy Hills Golf Club in California.
Vogt was one of three players to card a 70 — Canada's Annabelle Ackroyd and Argentina's Ela Anacona were the others — and earn the right to head west.
Vogt knew she had something special going from the start, when she birdied three of her first four holes and would eventually turn in 2-under 34 on the front nine.
"I know this course really well and I just kept that motivation going through the whole round," said Vogt, who finished tied for third in May at the Class 5A state tournament at Boulder C.C. "I was able to finish really well."
After two early bogies on the first four holes of the inward nine, Vogt got back to red figures with consecutive birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to propel her back to the top of the leaderboard.
Then she had to play the waiting game.
Vogt went off in the second group of the morning and had to agonize as more groups, with some familiar players/friends from all over the state, came in and posted scores.
"I knew if I was capable of shooting 70, some of those other girls could go low too," she said. "I was stressing out a lot. I went out to watch them finish and cheer them on, because I was just to anxious sitting there and watching the scores come in."
Her score held up and the list of locals chasing her was impressive, including her former Holy Family teammate and two-time 3A state champ Hailey Schalk, who finished at even-par 72.
Now it is off to California — July 16-21 — and a grueling test against some of the worlds best junior players that features two opening rounds just to get into the 64-player field for match play.
She is going in with reasonable expectations and hopes to continue the good play that got her there.
"Obviously there are a lot of good players out there, so I just want to go out and do my best and have fun because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Vogt, who is she plays her cards right might have a chance to play a warmup round at Pebble Beach with her caddy and her father Dennis. "This is the USGA and it is Pebble Beach."
And if Vogt is fortunate enough to make it through to the match play portion of the tournament, she will be ready. Not only does she practice it, and rather seriously, with friends, she also works on match play with her father.
"I'm pretty familiar with it and how it goes," said Vogt, who played in a local match play event last summer at Black Bear Golf Club in Parker.