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LONGMONT — On a chilly day at Fox Hill when Skyline’s top golfers weren’t having their best rounds, Janti Klimecki had hers.

The Falcons junior shot a career-best 91 at Fox Hill Golf Club to lead the Falcons to a fourth-place team finish at their host Skyline Invitational on Monday. It was a big lift for the Falcons and for Klimecki, who normally plays the fifth golfer spot.

“That’s pretty good for me. I felt pretty good,” Klimecki said. “There were definitely holes I could improve on, but yeah.”

Starting on the fifth hole, Klimecki hit a string of good shots in the middle of her round. She parred the 16th and the 17th, then birdied the 18th on the par-72 course.

Klimecki shot a 44 on the back nine, which was among the best at the tournament.

The Falcons were just one stroke from finishing in the top three, kept out by Fort Collins/Fossil Ridge, who finished with a 374 after some confusion as to the whereabouts of their final scorecard.

After losing several of the top golfers in the state, Klimecki said the Falcons are all working hard and improving in the early goings. It was fun to show that, she said, on their home course.

“We play here every other day,” Klimecki said. “It’s just fun to get out there. We would have taken third, but it was just by one stroke.”

Freshman Adara Pauluhn also shot a 91 for the Falcons. Senior Haiden De Jane shot a 98 and senior Meg Thornbury shot a 107, which wasn’t counted in the team scoring.

Falcons senior leader Danielle Mercure, who normally shoots in the mid-80s, wasn’t happy with the 95 she turned in on Monday. But first-year head coach Meredith Bender wasn’t quite so upset. She knows Mercure will have better days and was pleased to see Klimecki take a step forward.

“She (Mercure) didn’t have her best day,” Bender said. “Janti is our fifth. She plays varsity when we can bring five. She had a really good day.”

With four top-10 teams from the 2011 5A state tournament attending, including defending champ Cherry Creek which won Monday’s invitational, Bender was pleased with how the Falcons finished despite struggling a bit in the cold weather.

“Considering the team’s not as strong as it has been in the past, it was a really respectable finish,” Bender said. “We compete 5A at state, so it’s good to see what we’re up against and to know that we’re not that far away from some of those other scores. It’s good to know that we have a fighting chance to be competitive in our conference.”

Brad Cochi can be reached at bcochi@times-call.com.

Skyline Invitational

At Fox Hill G.C., par 72

Team scores — 1. Cherry Creek 319, 2. Fairview 351, 3. Fort Collins/Fossil Ridge 374, 4. Skyline 375, 5. Broomfield 379, 6. Loveland 381, 7. Estes Park 390, 8. Arapahoe 393, 9. Northridge 395, 10. Denver East 396, 11. Poudre 402, 12. Thompson Valley 403, 13. Regis Jesuit 416, 14. Boulder 417, 15. Mountain Range 435, 16. Grandview 454, Berthoud no team score, Thornton no team score.

Top individuals — 1. Calli Ringsby, Cherry Creek, 73; 2. Shinwoo Lee, Cherry Creek, 77; 3. Jordan Sunset, Fairview, 81; 4. Ana Summers, Poudre, 81; 5. Taylor Dorans, Broomfield, 82; 6. Megan McCambridge, Fairview, 83.

Other Fairview results — Kelly Moran 85, Maddy Stewart 102, Gena Treppeda 109.

Other Broomfield results — Alex Briggs 91, Danielle Dorans 95, Sam Battle 111, Rachel Mostek 118.

Boulder results — Alex Jaros 91, Lucille Van Vooren 97, Aly Beeman 114, Danielle Picard 115, Rachel Roderick 118.

Skyline results — Janti Klimecki 91, Adara Pauluhn 91, Danielle Mercure 95, Haiden De Jane 98, Meg Thornbury 107.

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