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Front Range League golf competitors pose for a photo after the final conference meet of the season on Tuesday at Hyland Hills Golf Course.
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Front Range League golf competitors pose for a photo after the final conference meet of the season on Tuesday at Hyland Hills Golf Course.

WESTMINSTER — Different season, different format, same result.

A year ago, the Fairview girls golfers won the Front Range League title by dominating the conference championship tournament. This year, while there is no league championship meet, the Knights made it two consecutive Front Range crowns by winning the season-long stroke competition.

Either way, Fairview likes the view from the top.

“It’s really neat for our girls,” said first-year FHS head coach John Zerwin, who was Cathy Stypula’s assistant last season. “We have a different mix for the team this year, and we have some new girls helping with the scoring process. It’s fun that they helped us win.”

The Knights finished third in Wednesday’s sixth and final league tournament — at Hyland Hills’ Gold Course — which was good for a 10-stroke cumulative margin of victory over Fort Collins. Legacy, which claimed the team title on Wednesday, placed third in the season-long standings, while Boulder was sixth and Monarch ninth.

Fairview likewise won the individual year-long championship for the second straight season as junior Kelly Moran led all Front Range League golfers after finishing second Wednesday with a 6-over-par 79. And teammates Jordan Sunset and Megan McCambridge also made the All-Front Range first team by tying for fourth overall.

Legacy sophomore Sarah Hankins, who won Wednesday’s tournament with a 77, finished tied for second in the season-long standings.

“It means a lot” to win the league title, said Moran, who averaged 75.6 in her five best league rounds of the year. “It’s definitely a really good confidence boost going into regionals and state.

“I feel like I’ve been really consistent. My short game has improved a lot. That’s one of the things that really makes a difference. I’ve been working pretty hard at it. My putting has been getting better, and that’s contributed to a good, consistent season.”

With a player’s best five scores counting toward the season-long total, Moran ended up six strokes ahead of Hankins and Poudre’s Ana Summers. She won two league tournaments individually.

“She has worked so hard, and she deserves it,” Zerwin said of Moran, who led FHS to a sixth-place showing at state last year. “She’s improved her game so much from last year and is much more of an all-around player. It’s neat to see her get rewarded.”

Hankins, who finished 19th in the 5A state tournament as a freshman, carded two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey in posting her first outright individual victory of the season. She’s tied for the top spot on two other occasions.

“That’s awesome,” she said of finishing first. “I’ve been waiting for that. I’m very excited. And my team did awesome as well, so I’m excited for them too.”

Indeed, despite having only four players and thus not being able to throw out a score, Legacy won Wednesday’s team title by 10 strokes. Morgan Hoos, niece of University of Denver men’s golf coach Eric Hoos, matched her high school career best with an 81, while Morgan Stacks had an 85.

“It’s a crazy part of the year” because players miss tournaments due to tests and injuries, said Legacy coach Matt Kroupa, whose squad has won four tournaments this season. “But we’ll take this. The four we had today are normally our top four, so at least we had that going for us.”

Next up for all of the teams that competed Wednesday is the 5A Northern Regional state qualifying tournament, which is set for next Wednesday at Riverdale Knolls in Brighton.

 

FINAL FRONT RANGE LEAGUE MEET

At Par-73 Gold Course

at Hyland Hills in Westminster

Team scores — 1. Legacy 345; 2. Fort Collins 355; 3. Fairview 357; 4. Poudre 384; 5. Boulder 394; 6. Mountain Range 397; 7. Loveland 405; 8. Horizon 408; 9. Monarch 414.

Top individuals — 1. Sarah Hankins, Legacy, 77; 2. Kelly Moran, Fairview, 79; 3. Ana Summers, Poudre, 80; 4. Morgan Hoos, Legacy, 81; 5. (tie) Raquell Castillo, Loveland, 83; Heather Kroll, Horizon, 83.

Other Fairview scores — Jordan Sunset 84; Megan McCambridge 91; Maddy Stewart 103; Shannon Burke 118.

Boulder scores — Lucille VanVooren 88; Alex Jaros 98; Aly Beeman 99; Anna Cutler 109; Alexandra Thayer 109.

Monarch scores — Madisson Mullen 97; Remy Mullen 98; Ashlyn Stull 104; Elise Kinney 115; Kelsey Barlow 137.

Other Legacy scores — Morgan Stacks 85; Jende Torrez 102.


SEASON-LONG LEAGUE STANDINGS

Team scores — 1. Fairview 1,707; 2. Fort Collins 1,717; 3. Legacy 1,762; 4. Poudre 1,862; 5. Loveland 1,901; 6. Boulder 1,967; 7. Horizon 1,994; 8. Mountain Range 2,002; 9. Monarch 2,209.

First-Team All-League — 1. Kelly Moran, Fairview, 378; 2. (tie) Sarah Hankins, Legacy, and Ana Summer, Poudre, 384; 4. (tie) Jordan Sunset, Fairview, and Megan McCambridge, Fairview, 406.