BROOMFIELD — Taylor Dorans plays almost daily at Eagle Trace Golf Club. She works at Eagle Trace Golf Club. And she wins at Eagle Trace Golf Club.
The Broomfield junior notched her third high school tournament victory at the course on Thursday, prevailing by four strokes in the third Northern League meet of the season.
All wins are nice, but this one was a little extra special as Dorans posted the best tournament score of her life, a 1-over-par 73, on a course she’s played hundreds of times.
“This course sets up well for my game,” said Dorans, who works in the golf shop at Eagle Trace. “I was really happy with the way I played. I was going in trying to shoot par (72), but playing 1 over is good for me. I was hitting the ball really solid today and my putting has gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season.”
With Dorans and senior teammate Alex Briggs (77) being the only two players to break 80 on Thursday, Broomfield collected its second team victory of the season.
With a 343 total for their top four players, the Eagles prevailed by 15 strokes over Estes Park in the six-team competition. A largely inexperienced Centaurus squad took fifth place at 451.
Broomfield, the state runner-up in Class 4A last year, has won two of the three Northern League tournaments so far this season, with its one runner-up finish coming when Briggs wasn’t competing.
But with Dorans carding her career low in a tournament, and Briggs posting her season low, the Eagles cruised to victory on their home course.
Dorans, who placed sixth at state as both a freshman and a sophomore, has won all three Northern League tournaments this season. On Thursday, she rebounded from a mediocre start to play her final 10 holes in 2 under par. That run began with three straight birdies starting on No. 9.
“We could see this coming,” Broomfield coach John Ferraro said. “I wasn’t even surprised. You can just tell what’s going to happen sometimes. With her, she loves this golf course and she plays it all the time. She’s such a great kid and she works so hard at it. It’s great for her.”
Briggs, a 10th-place finisher at state last year, was on the mark with her putter on Thursday and birdied the first and 17th holes en route to her second-place showing.
“The Dorans (sisters Taylor and Danielle) and I, we feel pretty comfortable” at Eagle Trace, Briggs said. “We know our way around the course so we score better. So I think we have an advantage when we play here.”
Centaurus, meanwhile, was led by senior Halle Peterson, who tied for sixth at 88.
Peterson, who placed 40th at the state tournament last year, splits her athletic time during the spring between CHS’ golf and track and field teams. On Thursday, she made six pars at Eagle Trace, but also had four double bogeys.
Northern League Tourney No. 3
At Par-72 Eagle Trace GC in Broomfield
Team Scores — 1. Broomfield 343; 2. Estes Park 358; 3. Thompson Valley 366; 4. Mountain View 414; 5. Centaurus 451; 6. Berthoud no team score.
Top Individual Scores — 1. Taylor Dorans, Broomfield, 73; 2. Alex Briggs, Broomfield, 77; 3. (tie) Lauren Mickelson, TV, 82; Kelsey Greiner, MV, 82; 5. Brandi Peter, Berthoud, 83.
Other Broomfield Scores — Danielle Dorans 93, Sam Bartle 100, Carson Platnick 102.
Centaurus Scores — Halle Peterson 88, Casey Visscher 119, Mikayla Whiteaker 120, Katy Johnson 124, Taylor Langer 132.