LONGMONT — With Julia Solem out of the lineup for the Niwot Cougars on Tuesday, Halie Ostrom stepped up to shoot an 84 to remain in contention for an individual title at Ute Creek in the second Northern League tournament of the season.
Her score on Tuesday was five strokes behind leader Lois Sheaffer of Northridge. The two schools were also in a tight race for the team title, but it was Northridge who won with a score of 349 and Niwot coming in second at 389.
Despite the scores, Ostrom and the Niwot team still managed to turn in three scores in the top 10 and show some promise moving forward on the season.
"While my score was an 84, I feel I did pretty well," Ostrom said. "I could lose some shots from my putting and chipping today."
Playing at Ute Creek Golf Course presented a challenge of playing one of the longest courses during the regular season with red tee boxes reaching a distance over 5,300 yards. While the short game has always remained a critical component, tee shots and making up some distance out of the box was just as critical, especially with rough areas in the early parts of the holes that players were trying to avoid hitting into.
"It's pretty challenging," Ostrom said of the distance. "I would be aiming the right way, but I wouldn't be getting the distance that I wanted to get to the green."
It was a steady round for Ostrom with a 43 on the front nine and a 41 on the back nine. The sophomore finished with five pars and a birdie to go with her bogey average on the day.
Laure Bourgin was also consistent with her round, shooting a 45-45 to finish in fifth place. Her round was highlighted by four pars. Sydney Rothstein would shoot a 94, including two birdies and four pars, to finish seventh.
The Cougars felt that having Solem in the lineup would have saved around 40 shots in the team standing and made up the ground to beat Northridge in the team standings.
Ostrom is one of the state qualifiers back this season and looking to build off a top-40 finish at state last year. While the team has not played many tournaments so far because of the weather, she says things are on track for her and the team to reach their goals of qualifying for state and making some noise at the end of the season.
"I'm actually doing all right," Ostrom said. "I'm hitting in the 80's in all of the tournaments so far. I'm hoping to get down to the 70's. The team as a whole wants to take four players to state, and I think we can do that. We're doing very well this year."
Young players lead Silver Creek, Centaururs
Joining Niwot in the Northern League tournament were the Silver Creek Raptors and the Centaururs Warriors. With both teams bringing in some young players this year, each tournament brings more experience they hope to build on for a late season push.
Centaurus was led by Emma Caile and Morgen Hoffman with each shooting a 109. The two would finish tied for 10th place in the field. Seven bogeys helped Caile with her round while Hoffman shot two pars and six bogeys. Julia Mischke shot a 114 and Masani Salazar finished with a 131 in their rounds.
Junior Shannon Witte led a young Silver Creek team that was filled with three freshmen. Witte had one birdie, one par and two bogeys to finish at 122 for the Raptors. Gabrielle Feneide led the freshmen trio at 137 while Cynthia Vander Meyden and Elena Rodriguez tied each other at 140.
Northern League golf tournament
At Ute Creek Golf Course
Team scores — Northridge 349, Niwot 389, Mountain View 453, Centaurus 463, Thompson Valley 522, Silver Creek 539.
Top individuals — 1. Lois Sheaffer, Northridge, 79; t-2. Halie Ostrom, Niwot, 84; t-2. Emma Sheaffer, Northridge, 84; 4. Megan Miller, Estes Park, 88; 5. Laure Bourgin, Niwot, 90; 6. Ashlyn Knapp, Northridge, 92; t-7. Ashtyn Connell, Northridge, 94; t-7. Sydney Rothstein, Niwot, 94; 9. Katie Haag, Mountain View, 107; T-10th: Emma Caile, Centaurus, 109; t-10. Morgen Hoffman, Centaurus, 109.
Other results — Julia Mischke, Centaurus, 114; Anna Taing, Niwot, 121; Shannon Witte, Silver Creek, 122; Macy Griszczynski, Niwot, 129; Masani Salazar, Centaurus, 131; Gabrielle Feneide, Silver Creek, 137; Elena Rodriguez, Silver Creek, 140; Cynthia Vander Meyden, Silver Creek, 140.