LITTLETON — Sometimes the course wins.
On Monday at Raccoon Creek, under glorious conditions, the 84 player field struggled with the 5,837-yard layout and the 16 players from the five BoCoPreps.com schools — Boulder, Fairview, Legacy, Monarch and Skyline — didn’t have their best day and will look to recover on Day 2.
The best score of the day was 3-over par 75 by Columbine’s Jaylee Tait and Grandview’s Morgan Sahm and in all only 13 players broke 80.
Two of those were Skyline’s Adara Pauluhn (78) and Erin Sargent (79).
“It’s not too bad, I’ve played better, but I am happy with that,” said Sargent, who had two birdies, seven bogeys and a double in her round on Monday. “The greens were certainly faster today and that contributed to the way I played.”
While the course itself didn’t present too many tricks from tee to green, the greens were its defense and that 5,800-yard length is something these players rarely see during the high school season.
“They put it at a collegiate length today and they really did it on the par-5s,” Skyline coach Meredith Nelson said. “It took a lot of really good scoring opportunities out of play, especially when you have a 523-yard par-5 uphill.
“Our girls tried to capitalize because they have a lot of length, but there is not a lot of room to score on those holes.”
Pauluhn, who is looking to improve on her top 25 finish from a season ago, had it going through 13 holes. But a double and two bogeys down the stretch — with a birdie mixed in — left a sour taste in her mouth. Despite the disappointing finish, Pauluhn is right in the mix and will have a say when all is said and done.
“The course is hard and I feel like everybody struggled with the same things,” said Pauluhn, who wants to make some minor adjustments to her short game on Tuesday. “And even though I didn’t play my best, I’m still in it.”
Clair McPeak carded a 99 and Skyline finished with a team score of 256. The Falcons are 11 shots behind Legacy, Regis Jesuit and Rock Canyon — all of whom shot a team total of 245.
Legacy’s trio of Sarah and Jennifer Hankins (both shot 82) and Andrea Hoos have the Lightning in position to win their first state title.
“We are still right there and we didn’t play our best golf,” Lightning coach Mark Glen said. “We are halfway through state and we are right were we needed to be.”
Fairview’s Madison McCambridge led the Knights threesome with a hard-fought 84. Taylor Sunset (92) and Tara Srinivas (105) accounted for Fairview’s team score of 281.
Monarch’s Delaney Elliott matched McCambridge’s 84 and the Coyotes group of Carly Gallant and Remy Mullen also scored a 281.
Finally Boulder’s foursome of Alex Jaros (93), Aly Beeman (97), Leah Perletz (100) and Danielle Picard (103) shot a team score of 290.
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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.