BROOMFIELD — Time adds perspective. So it has gone for Broomfield’s Taylor Dorans.
At first, the Eagles’ ace was a bit distraught with her finish at the Class 4A state golf tournament. It was an understandable reaction, given the junior’s score would have won or put her in the running for an individual title any other year.
Now, a few weeks after playing 36 holes at Greeley’s Boomerang Links, Dorans is pretty pleased with her third top-10 state finish of her high school career.
“I played well at state; I shot the best competitive round of my career,” said Dorans, who has been named BoCoPreps.com‘s Girls Golfer of the Year. “Really, I feel like I improved all season and finished a stronger player.”
The area in which the fourth-place state finisher believes she made the greatest strides was her ability to weather the pressure. And every ounce of her composure was put to the test in the May 21-22 title match.
She came out of the first day in the hunt for the state title, then had to endure one of the most competitive finishes to the tournament in recent history. But even Pueblo South’s Bryce Schroeder and Regis’ Kathleen Kershisnik fighting tooth and nail in her group was far from enough to throw Dorans off kilter.
Despite the pressure, the Eagle finished the two rounds with her best state score, finishing the tournament at even par.
“Maintaining herself while those other two players were going at each other is a testament of how far she has come,” Broomfield coach John Ferraro said. “It’s hard to let a situation like that go and just play golf.”
State put Dorans’ prowess on display, but her final rounds were just the finishing touches to an impressive season.
The junior proved plenty in regular-season play, averaging a 76 in Northern League play, winning Golfer of the Year for a second year in conference and collecting a regional title. And it was something Ferraro saw brewing from the first time Dorans took the course.
“She won the Chilly Chili Invitational, which is pretty impressive, given she was on the moment she started playing this year,” the coach said.
Dorans has some unfinished business to take care of before finishing her career with the Eagles. Do not get her wrong she is pleased with her two previous sixth-place finishes and her fourth this year. But the ace is certain she has a 4A championship left in her.
“This year has gotten me more confident and has me believing in myself,” she said. “But there is still a lot to look forward to.”
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