GRAND JUNCTION — Adara Pauluhn might have missed her ultimate goal for the Class 5A tournament this season. But the Skyline sophomore still showed major progress on the state stage.
Behind a steady game Tuesday at Tiara Rado Golf Course, Pauluhn earned a share of 25th place at the title match. While she had ambitions to break into the top 20 this season, given the difficulty of the course and competition she could not really complain about her finish.
“I learned a lot from this year,” she said. “It was a tough tournament and hopefully I’ve put myself in position to improve next year.”
Pauluhn finished up Tuesday shooting 12 over at the par-72 course, adding one stroke from her opening round. The culprit, from what the sophomore saw, was the course’s greens, which gave nearly the entire 5A field fits.
Sure, putting was at a premium, given the hard and fast greens. And while Pauluhn had her struggles, she did feel she had more of a touch in the second round with her putter.
“I did better in that area, but not my long game,” she said. “It switched on me between rounds.”
Pauluhn had two birdies and 17 pars in her two rounds, which she believes indicates progress in her game. But the two days also left the Skyline player hungrier. She is certain she is bound for the top of the state and picked up valuable experience in getting there this season.
“I do have ambitions for my junior and senior years,” she said. “And I’ve realized I learned a lot in my first two trips to state.”
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Class 5A state tournament
At Tiara Rado G.C., par 72
Team scores: Cherry Creek 470, Arapahoe 475; Regis 486, Legacy 502, Highlands Ranch 510, Fairview 515, Heritage 518, Rock Canyon 529, Dakota Ridge 527, Loveland 532, Columbine 643, Fossil Ridge 549, Grand Junction Central 559, Grand Junction 592.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Calli Ringsby, Cherry Creek, 146; Jenni Chun, Highlands Ranch, 153; T3. Hannah Wood, Arapahoe 155; T3. Sarah Hankins, Legacy, 155; T3. Sydney Merchant, Dakota Ridge, 155; 6. Claudia Davis, Arapahoe, 156; T7. Sydney Gillespie, Regis Jesuit, 157; T7. Michelle Romano, Rock Canyon, 157; T9. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 158; T9. Gillian Vance, Dakota Ridge, 158.
Other Legacy results: Jennifer Hankins 168, Morgan Hoos 191, Lisa From 179 88-91.
Boulder results: Aly Beeman 186.
Fairview results: Kelly Moran 161, Megan McCambridge 166, Jordan Sunset 188, Madison McCambridge 213.
Monarch results: Delaney Elliott 164.
Skyline results — Adara Pauluhn 167.