GOLFERS TO KNOW

DELANEY ELLIOTT, So., Monarch: The rapidly-improving Elliot finished in a tie for 19th at state last year and is expected to perhaps make a run at the top 10 in 2014.

SARAH HANKINS, Sr., Legacy: Before taking her talents to the University of Wyoming, Hankins’ goal is to leave her mark on the Colorado preps scene and go out in style with a title at the Class 5A state tournament.

JENNIFER HANKINS, So., Legacy: The younger Hankins put herself on the radar with a second place finish at regionals in 2013 and was named first team all-conference as a frosh. She will be a major contributor to any success LHS has this season.

JENNIFER KUPCHO, Jr., Jefferson Academy: The Wake Forrest commit has won the Metro League and the Metro Regional titles the past two seasons. After taking third place at state as a freshman and second as a sophomore, the junior has to be considered one of the favorites to walk away with the Class 4A trophy this year.

MADISON McCAMBRIDGE, So., Fairview: The Knight gained invaluable experience as a freshman by competing on a FHS team that finished sixth at the state tournament in 2013. Expect her numbers to drop as she and her young team grows.

ADARA PAULUHN, Jr., Skyline: After a top-25 finish at state as a sophomore, Pauluhn is working toward finding a D-I opportunity to play when she graduates in 2015. Look for her to continue her success and lead the Falcons in her junior season.

CARSON PLATNICK, Sr., Broomfield: The senior finished tied for 46th-place at state a year ago, but showed real promise by posting a first-round 89. Expect her to lead the Eagles as they aim for a league title.

 


POSTSEASON INFORMATION

5A REGIONALS — Week of May 4.

5A STATE TOURNAMENT — May 19-20 at Raccoon Creek Golf Club, Littleton.

4A REGIONALS — Week of May 4.

4A STATE TOURNAMENT — May 19-20 at Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

 

TEAM BY TEAM OUTLOOK


BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Ryan Bishop (second year).

Last year: Ninth as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Aly Beeman (Sr.).

Others to watch: Alex Jaros (Jr.), Danielle Picard (Jr.), Anna Cutler (Sr.), Jenna Knutson (Jr.), Leah Perletz (Sr.), Helaina Christie (Sr.).

Outlook: Under the leadership and experience of state qualifier Aly Beeman, the Panthers will look to grow and build on the success they saw last season. With the entirety of the varsity team back BHS will be deep and should be competitive every time it hits the links.


BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: John Ferraro (11th year).

Last year: First as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Carson Platnick (Sr., t-46th).

Others to watch: Skylar George (Sr.), Hope Kim (So.), Brenna Fankell (So.), Maddie Kern (So.).

Outlook: After taking a regional title for the third time in four years in 2013, the Eagles will look to continue to their run of dominance and defend the crown this season. In order to do so BHS will need some younger girls to step up and compete for spots in the state tournament field.


CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Jeff Jackson (sixth year).

Last year: 15th as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Mikayla Whiteaker (Jr.), Casey Visscher (Sr.), Megan Schafer (Sr.), Abby Schmid (So.), Veronica Manurung (So.).

Outlook: Though the Warriors are a young squad, coach Jeff Jackson expects to see improvements made as the team spends more time on the course. The goal is for CHS to move up in the Northern League standings as the year progresses.


FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: John Zerwin (third year).

Last year: Sixth as a team at Class 5A state tournament.

Returning state qualifiers: Madison McCambridge (So.).

Others to watch: Maddy Stewart (Sr.), Tara Srinivas (So.) Kiana Junior (So.), Isabel Waterbury (So.), Taylor Sunset (Fr.).

Outlook: After losing the trio of seniors that carried the Knights to state last year, FHS will be a very young team in 2014, featuring several girls who are new to competitive golf. Yet despite the crew’s inexperience, coach John Zerwin expects the fun and hardworking group to improve throughout the season.


JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

Coach: Mike Kupcho (third year).

Last year: Third as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Jennifer Kupcho (Jr., second), Mariah Ehrman (Jr., t-15th).

Others to watch: Maya Gordon (Fr.).

Outlook: With two state qualifiers back, Jefferson Academy feels it can compete for the league and regional titles, as well as qualify a team for state. Led by Jennifer Kupcho the Jags are a real threat to compete at the state tournament in 2014.


LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Mark Glen (second year).

Last year: Third as a team at Class 5A state tournament.

Returning state qualifiers: Sarah Hankins (Sr., 3rd), Jennifer Hankins (So., 27th).

Others to watch: Andrea Hoos (So.), Jenae Torrez (Sr.).

Outlook: The Lightning is another team which lost a ton of experience due to graduation, but with the Hankins sisters leading the charge and several others stepping up to fill the void, the Bolts should compete for titles at the league, regional and state levels. Sarah Hankins is a legit contender for an individual title.


MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Mike Riley (16th year).

Last year: Ninth as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Delaney Elliott (So., T-19th).

Others to watch: Mandy Ennis (Jr.), Remy Mullen (Jr.), Caitlin York (Jr.), Sarah Orr (Jr.), Carly Gallant (Fr.).

Outlook: The Coyotes will be young with only one senior on the roster, yet coach Mike Riley nonetheless is encouraged about taking a step or two forward from last season. Elliott has a legitimate chance to crack the top 10 at state, and Ennis and Mullen are expected to improve after filling the team’s No. 2 and 3 roles last year. “If we can find two or three other golfers to help Delaney out, we’ll be in good shape,” Riley said.


PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Missy Schreiner (fourth year).

Last year: Last as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: None.

Others to watch: Tara Gomer (Sr.), Emily Long (Jr.), Samantha Pursley (Fr.).

Outlook: Senior Tara Gomer was forced to sit out the 2013 season due to injury but should provide a much-needed boost for the Pumas this year. Junior Emily Long will be making an appearance on the team for the third straight year, and should junior MacKenzie Murphy decide to compete this season, the experience between the duo makes them viable candidates to qualify for state.


SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Meredith Nelson (third year).

Last year: Fifth as a team at regionals.

Returning state qualifiers: Adara Pauluhn (Jr., 25th).

Others to watch: Erin Sargent (So.), Claire McPeak (So.), Kylie Torres (Sr.).

Outlook: The Falcons return three of their top varsity players in Pauluhn, Sargent and McPeak, though McPeak will be out of country for the beginning of the season, leaving room for others to step up. SHS has a tournament-heavy schedule, and Nelson is hoping the Colorado spring will allow her team to complete most of it. Also look for newcomer Jackie Reh, a senior, to have an impact.

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