LITTLETON — Legacy coach Mark Glen summed it up best.
“That’s why golf is a four letter word,” he said.
His Legacy Lightning trio of Sarah Hankins, Jennifer Hankins and Andrea Hoos entered the second round of the Class 5A tournament in prime position to capture the school’s first girls golf title.
The golf gods saw it another way. Legacy was unable to tame Raccoon Creek on Tuesday and ultimately fell to fourth place in the team standings behind Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Denver East.
“I feel bad for them,” Glen said. “Because yes, they had the talent and they had the game to be here and it just wasn’t their day.
“This is absolutely a learning experience for them.”
Senior Sarah Hankins came in to the tournament with high hopes of finishing her career with bang before heading off to the University of Wyoming.
A Sunday night freak accident on the tennis court made that goal a little tougher. She injured her right shoulder hitting a serve and while the injury wasn’t severe, the pain — especially when trying to swing a golf club — was prevalent enough to cause problems.
“This is not were I imagined myself placing in this tournament,” Sarah Hankins said. “Everything hurt, especially my irons having to come down and compact the ball. Yesterday, that is what really hurt me the most because I was picking everything and hurt everything just to make contact with the ball.
“My golf swing was just all screwed up these last couple of days.”
After and opening round 82, Sarah Hankins bounced back with an 8-over 80 on Tuesday and her two-day total of 162 was good enough for 14th place overall.
Believe it or not the pressure and thoughts of the winning the team title actually dulled the pain and took her mind off of everything else.
“That gave me a little more drive knowing that we were that close,” Sarah Hankins said. “It drove me through the first nine holes and through the back and every shot was for the team, since I knew after the first nine I was pretty much out of the individual race.”
Jennifer Hankins and Hoos each finished with a two-day total of 167, which was good for 24th place.
“It was tough out there and the weird thing is I can’t really pinpoint anything I did wrong, so it was just kind of a weird day,” Jennifer Hankins said. “I could not figure out the greens for the life of me and when you don’t have putting down, it’s tough.”
The team title went to Regis Jesuit (485) by three shots over Rock Canyon (488). Arapahoe (493) moved into third, shaving 17 strokes off their Day 1 total. Legacy finished at 496.
Rock Canyon’s Michelle Romano was medalist. She beat Arapahoe’s Hannah Wood on the first playoff hole to win the title after Columbine’s Jaylee Tait had a three-putt double bogey from 15 feet on the last hole to finish tied for third, one shot behind.
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Class 5A State Tournament
At Raccoon Creek G.C.
5,837 yards, par 72-72 — 144
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 485, Rock Canyon 488, Arapahoe 493, Legacy 496, Cherry Creek 505, Skyline 508, Heritage 518, Denver East 520, Ralston Valley 520, Legend 523, Highlands Ranch 526, Fossil Ridge 527, Grandview 539, Monarch 551, Fairview 564, Boulder 579 .
Top individuals — 1. Michelle Romano, Rock Canyon, 153*; 2. Hannah Wood, Arapahoe, 153; T3. Anna Kennedy, Legend, 154; T3. Sydney Merchant, Dakota Ridge, 154; T3. Jaylee Tait, Columbine, 154; 6. Erin Sargent, Skyline, 155; T7. Calli Ringsby, Cherry Creek, 157; T7. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 157; 9. Samantha Barker, Highlands Ranch, 160; T10. Sydney Gillespie, Regis Jesuit, 161; T10. Mary Weinstein, Regis Jesuit, 161; T10. Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley, 161; T10. Sarah Hunt, Denver East, 161.
Boulder results — Aly Beeman 187; Alex Jaros 193; Danielle Picard 202; Leah Perletz 207.
Fairview results — Madison McCambridge 170; Taylor Sunset 184; Tara Srinivas 210.
Legacy results — Sarah Hankins 162; Jennifer Hankins 167; Andrea Hoos 167.
Monarch results — Delaney Elliott 166; Carly Gallant 178; Remy Mullen 207.
Other Skyline results — Adara Pauluhn 162; Claire McPeak 191.
* — denotes won on 1st playoff hole