LITTLETON — Legacy golf coach Mark Glenn is going to dig deep into his DVD collection on Monday night to find the proper motivation for his three players leading into Day 2 of the Class 5A state tournament.
The movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played” chronicles the 1913 U.S. Open and 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet’s quest for the crown.
“There was a part near the end where the guy started focusing and the trees disappeared, the crowd disappeared and everything else disappeared except his focus,” Glen said. “That’s what I will be sending them tonight.”
On a day when his three of Sarah Hankins, Jennifer Hankins and Andrea Hoos didn’t have their best days, it was still good enough to leave the Lightning in a three-way tie for the team lead at 245 strokes with Regis Jesuit and Rock Canyon at Raccoon Creek.
“Not playing their best golf and knowing that they still have a lot of good golf ahead of them, we are halfway through the state tournament and we are right were we want to be,” Glen said. It’s going to be a mind game now. Can we stay mentally tough through tomorrow?”
Hoos carded the Lightning’s low round on Monday, a 9-over par 81.
The sophomore had it cooking most of the day and after back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 was just five over. But a bogey, bogey, double bogey finish left a sour taste in her mouth coming off the course.
“I really think tomorrow is going to be better and I think we have a real good chance,” Hoos said. “Knowing my team is in it will make me more confident and make me play a little stronger, because I will know that it is important.
“At this point, it is bigger than myself.”
The younger Hankins, Jennifer, was playing in the final group of the day by virtue of her higher finish at regionals and early on had the short game working.
A 30-foot par save on the par-5 No. 2 was followed up with a chip-in par save on No. 3.
“Those shots are good momentum and they help carry me,” Jennifer Hankins said. “As long as I keep a positive mind throughout this entire thing, I will play my best. Because if you let the mental game get a little wavy, then you never know what is going to happen.”
The fact that her team is in contention, and the knowledge that everyone is likely to play better on Tuesday, has Jennifer Hankins in the right frame of mind already.
“Everyday, I just want to go out there and play my best, but I will go with what the day gives me,” she said. “I’m just going to go in with a strong mindset and see if I can shoot a better number tomorrow.”
The individual lead is shared by Columbine’s Jaylee Tait and Grandview’s Morgan Sahm at 3-over par 75.
Play begins at 8:30 on Tuesday morning and with similar scores, the Lightning threesome will go out in order starting at 9:15.
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Class 5A State Tournament
At Raccoon Creek G.C.
5,837 yards, par 72
Team scores — Legacy 245, Regis Jesuit 245, Rock Canyon 245, Denver East 250, Cherry Creek 251, Arapahoe 255, Skyline 256, Legend 259, Ralston Valley 260, Heritage 261, Highlands Ranch 264, Grandview 265, Fossil Ridge 273, Fairview 281, Monarch 281, Boulder 290.
Top individuals — T1. Jaylee Tait, Columbine, 75; T1. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 75; 3. Sarah Hunt, Denver East, 76; 4. Sydney Merchant, Dakota Ridge 77; T5. Adara Pauluhn, Skyline, 78; T5. Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley, 78; T5. Calli Ringsby, Cherry Creek, 78; T5. Hannah Wood, Arapahoe, 78; T5. Michelle Romano, Rock Canyon, 78; T10. Erin Sargent, Skyline, 79; T10. Mary Weinstein, Regis Jesuit, 79; T10. Samantha Barker, Highlands Ranch, 79; T10. Zarena Brown, Pomona, 79.
Boulder results — Alex Jaros 93; Aly Beeman 97; Leah Perletz 100; Danielle Picard 103.
Fairview results — Madison McCambridge 84; Taylor Sunset 92; Tara Srinivas 105.
Legacy results — Andrea Hoos 81; Jennifer Hankins 82; Sarah Hankins 82.
Monarch results — Delaney Elliott 84; Carly Gallant 94; Remy Mullen 103.
Other Skyline results — Claire McPeak 99.