TIMNATH — In a span of less than an hour on Thursday afternoon at The Harmony Club, every player in the field at the Poudre Invitational experienced all four seasons.
Driving snow, voracious winds and periods calm all combined for an interesting day on a course that is far from anything that a lot of the players will face all season.
It was the recipe for success for Fairview sophomore Madison McCambridge, who fired a career low 9-over par 81 — her previous best was 85 — in the elements to earn a top-five finish in the event.
“I love this course and I played really well here last year too,” said McCambridge of the quirky 5,007-yard layout that allows players to use their imagination much more than a typical layout.
“I just like how the course sets up for me.”
After starting on hole No. 12, McCambridge played the par-4 13th and the par-5 14th in the driving snow that came and went over a 20-minute span. Her only major hiccup of the day was a double bogey on 14.
Like most players, when they have something special going, they tend to think about it and McCambridge was no different.
“Pretty much every bogey I had, I kept thinking I can control this,” said McCambridge, who led the Knights to a sixth-place team finish in the field of 13 teams. “After I finished on nine, I knew I was in pretty good shape.”
McCambridge finished her round in grand fashion, on the short par-5 10th and then on 11. Back-to-back birdies, the first two of the day, cemented her spot near the top of the leaderboard.
“It really helped that they were shorter holes,” McCambridge said.
In addition to McCambridge’s big day, Fairview freshman Taylor Sunset also carded an 87. Isabel Waterbury (110) and Colleen Blaine (128) rounded out the Knights’ foursome.
Boulder’s Aly Beeman was under the assumption she was going skiing on Thursday morning when she woke up and looked out her window. Instead the Panthers senior shot an 87, which was good enough for a sixth-place tie.
“I love this golf course, I thought it was really open, which really helps me a lot,” said Beeman, whose Boulder team took third. “The bunkers are really intimidating out here and the greens are really tough.”
Jefferson Academy’s Jennifer Kupcho won the event with a 1-under par 71, besting her playing partner, Samantha Barker of Highlands Ranch, by one shot. Fossil Ridge won the team title and Estes Park was second.
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Team scores — Fossil Ridge 247, Estes Park 260, Boulder 264, Legacy 267, Highlands Ranch 268, Fairview 278, Loveland 289, Rock Canyon 294, Greeley Unified 300, Broomfield 306, Evergreen 308, Poudre 322, Brush 357.
Top individuals — 1. Jennifer Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 71; 2. Samantha Barker, Highlands Ranch, 72; 3. Mariah Ehrman, Jefferson Academy, 77; 4. Kenzie Hueter, Fossil Ridge, 78; 5. Madison McCambridge, Fairview 81; 6. Katie Larson, Fossil Ridge 83; 6. Aly Beeman, Boulder, 83; 6. Andrea Hoos, Legacy 83; 6. Sammy Geisick, Greeley 83.
Boulder results — Alex Jaros 88; Danielle Picard 93; Leah Perletz 94.
Other Fairview results — Taylor Sunset 87; Isabel Waterbury 110; Colleen Blaine 128.
Legacy results — Jennifer Hankins 85; Maddy Rodriguez 99; Izzy Hebert 126.
Broomfield results — Brenna Fankell 102; Lauren Stabb 102; Skylar George 102; Rachel McCormick 127.