BRIGHTON — It was a tight race between Broomfield's Meghan Vogt and Loveland's Lauren Lehigh for the top spot on the leaderboard in the Front Range League tournament on Wednesday at Riverdale Dunes Golf Course in Brighton.
In what shaped up to be a potential state preview, Vogt shot a 70 to finish 2-under-par while Lehigh was right behind her with a 71 in a close race.
"In between my first tournament and now, I've been working very hard, and I think it paid off," Vogt said. "At the beginning, I felt it would be a good round with how I was hitting the ball. I was really happy with it."
Vogt began the round with seven consecutive pars as she moved from the back nine to the front nine. Following a pair of bogeys on holes five and six, she got back on track to hit three birdies in a row on holes seven, eight and nine. Her final birdie came on hole 11 and she would hit four more pars to end the round.
"A lot of it was getting off the tee and then knowing how the greens work," Vogt said. "I was remembering some stuff from last year and I think that helped me kind of revive myself this year."
The 70 from Vogt also helped Broomfield edge Loveland by one stroke in the team scores to finish second behind Fossil Ridge. Nicole Fatovic would shoot an 86 to get in the top 10 of the leaderboard, Ana Cole was third with a 92 and Brooklyn Davis rounded out the top four with her 95. Abby Bryan was the final golfer on the varsity team and shot a 112.
With high expectations this season, Vogt has been devoted to her craft to get better after placing third at state last spring. The time working indoors on her short game is now being carried over outside as the team will see better conditions and more time on the course moving forward. The win Tuesday, she says, will help her moving forward in the competitive league this season.
"I think this tournament has helped me a lot," Vogt said. "It's really motivated me and made me happy with my game. It helps me play better each time out."
Monarch plays steady round
The Monarch Coyotes were the only other area school to see multiple golfers shoot below 100 in the tournament with Yulim Kim shooting an 89 and Hanna Spracklin coming in at 94.
The good news, according to Kim, is that they can play even better than they did in taking fifth place in the team scores Tuesday.
"The first few holes were rough putting wise, but other than that I felt it was okay," Kim said of her round. "A lot of the greens were tricky in that they were elevated and how they were sloped. The distance was also a little longer."
Monarch fields a veteran varsity team with two seniors and three juniors this spring and looks to lean on their experience moving forward. Jamie Thompson just missed the sub-100 mark with her 101, Makenna Denny shot a 120 and Olivia Angel finished at 127 for the Coyotes.
With a veteran team and some good early scores early, Kim says the team is hopeful for a good season and a better finish to the season with more state qualifiers.
"I think we can improve so much, so that has me excited," Kim said. "I'm really excited for our team."
Other local notes
Legacy went with a youth movement to its varsity team with freshmen and sophomores filling out most of the lineup. Mia Blackard, a sophomore, led the team with her 93. She is the lone returning state golfer back for the Lightning and expects to play a big role for the young team moving forward.
Boulder edged Fairview by three strokes in the team scores. While Fairview had the best individual score between the two teams in Anna Bergman at 102, Boulder was not far behind with Arden Williams shooting a 109 and had their top four golfers shoot 122 or below to make up the ground in the final team scores.
Front Range League Tournament
At Riverdale Dunes
Team scores — Fossil Ridge 326, Broomfield 343, Loveland 344, Rocky Mountain 371, Monarch 404, Horizon 417, Mountain Range 421, Legacy 428, Boulder 462, Fairview 465.
Top individuals — 1. Meghan Vogt, Broomfield, 70; Lauren Lehigh, Loveland, 71; t-3. Katie Lehigh, Loveland, 75; t-3. Leigha Devine, Fossil Ridge, 75; 5. Olivia Steen, Foosil Ridge, 82; 6. Gabi Werst, Fossil Ridge, 84; t-7. Taylor Bandemer, Loveland, 86; t-7. Hailey Nelson, Fossil Ridge, 86; t-7. Nicole Fatovic, Broomfield, 86; 10. Lauren Axe, Rocky Mountain, 86.
Other results — Yulim Kim, Monarch, 89; Ana Cole, Broomfield, 92; Mia Blackard, Legacy, 93; Hanna Spracklin, Monarch, 94; Brooklyn Davis, Broomfield, 95; Jamie Thompson, Monarch, 101; Anna Bergman, Fairview, 102; Arden Williams, Boulder, 109; Eva Fouts-Persson, Boulder, 111; Lauren McCarty, Legacy, 111; Abby Bryan, Broomfield; 112; Lanie Herbstreit, Fairview, 113; Raven Dukane, Legacy, 117; Makenna Denny, Monarch, 120; Emma Taylor, Boulder, 120; Kealia Leath, Boulder, 122; Olivia Angel, Monarch, 127; Ella Duncan, Fairview, 133; Baile Bolger, Fairview, 133; Maya Lekarczyk, Boulder, 140.