DENVER — It wasn’t all that long ago that Tara Gomer couldn’t even stand the sunlight.
“The sun wasn’t exactly my favorite thing,” the Peak to Peak senior said.
Flash back to September of 2012. Gomer was leaving the Peak to Peak campus in Lafayette. Sitting at the stop sign in her car, she was hit by parent coming to pick up their kid. The accident, where she suffered whiplash, eventually turned into daily migraines.
It didn’t get much better when she started passing out. A trip to Children’s Hospital and a referral to a cardiologist later concluded that she had something called autonomic dysfunction. In layman’s terms, her brain and her heart weren’t on the same page.
Fast forward to the first day of spring 2014, and the sun couldn’t have shined any brighter for Gomer at Foothills Golf Club. For Gomer, the scores are inconsequential, just being outside and enjoying being with her teammates on the golf course is all she could really ask for.
“It’s kind of fun to just be normal again after spending a lot of days in the dark waiting for that to be over,” said Gomer, who shot a 46 — with an impressive birdie on the par-3 fourth hole — on Thursday at the Metro League’s second league meet.
Said Peak to Peak coach Missy Schreiner: “I mostly want to keep a normal environment for her and not treat her like she is on eggshells. her parents gave her the okay, so we just go and try and make it normal and have a good time.”
Ironically, with all that she has been through, Gomer will continue her education next year in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University. What will she study? Pre-med of course.
As for the golf on Thursday, Jefferson Academy junior Jennifer Kupcho had a heyday on the short 2,530-yard front nine at Foothills. She started birdie-eagle-birdie and eventually carded a 2-under par score of 34.
“I just kept leaving myself too long of putts when I was trying to get up and down,” said Kupcho, who finished her day with back-to-back bogeys.
Kupcho, who finished second in the Class 4A state tournament last season, and teammate Mariah Ehrman (38) helped the Jaguars to a second-place finish in the team race. Maya Gordan’s 65 helped the Jags finish at 137. Colorado Academy won the event with a team score of 121.
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METRO LEAGUE MEET #2
At Foothills G.C.
Team scores (nine hole event) — Colorado Academy 121, Jefferson Academy 137, Bishop Machebeuf 151, Peak to Peak 151, St. Mary’s Academy 162, Lutheran 169.
Top individuals — 1. Jennifer Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 34; T-2. Mariah Ehrman, Jefferson Academy, 38; T-2. Emma Johnson, Colorado Academy 38; 4. Kacey Godwin, Colorado Academy, 40; 5. Trinity Goderstad, Colorado Academy 43.
Other Jefferson Academy result — Maya Gordan, 65.
Peak to Peak results — Tara Gomer, 46; Emily Long, 47; Samantha Pursley, 58.