The Class 4A girls golf state title is Jennifer Kupcho’s to lose.
Taking advantage of the high scores marking the first day of play in the Class 4A state golf finals, the Jefferson Academy junior separated herself from the pack by firing an even-par 72 during the opening round of play Monday at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
Kupcho will take a nine-shot lead into Tuesday’s finale over Jaguars teammate Mariah Ehrman and Valor Christian’s Andrea Ballou.
It was a rough opening day for the four-player contingent from Broomfield. Hope Kim turned in the top performance for the Eagles, finishing the day in a tie for 22nd with an 18-over par 90. Carson Platnick added a 91 as the Eagles finished the day in sixth-place in the team standings, five strokes behind fifth-place Colorado Academy.
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Class 4A state championship
At Country Club of Colorado
Team scores — Montrose 267, Cheyenne Mountain 270, Valor Christian 271, Estes Park 272, Colorado Academy 276, Broomfield 281, Durango 292, Pueblo East 314.
Top individuals — 1. Jennifer Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 72; t-2. Andrea Ballou, Valor Christian, 81; t-2. Mariah Ehrman, Jefferson Academy, 81; t-4. Courtney Ewing, Pueblo West, 82; t-4. Emilee Strasburg, D’Evelyn, 82; t-4. Hannah More, Mullen, 82; t-7. Megan Vernon, Golden, 84; t-7. Sarah Hwang, St. Mary’s, 84; t-7. Tori Goodman, Falcon, 84; 10. Alex Trask, Battle Mountain, 85.
Broomfield results — t-22. Hope Kim, 90; t-33. Carson Platnick, 92; t-49. Maddie Kern, 99; 63. Skylar George, 105.