LITTLETON — Raccoon Creek rendered Delaney Elliott speechless.
The Monarch golfer, who came to the the Class 5A state tournament with high hopes, was humbled just like the rest of the 84-player field.
Elliott finished with a two-day total of 166, good enough for a tie for 21st, and after two years of playing in the state tournament, she will take a different approach into next year’s event.
“Just to be patient with myself,” she said. “And not set such high expectations. I put a lot of pressure on myself.”
Coyotes coach Mike Riley was more than proud of his young team — Carly Gallant and Remy Mullen were also in the field — and will use the experience from this season as a guide for what appears to be a bright future.
“They learned lot about how to handle pressure and how to handle the bigger audiences that we have and really what to do in these kind of situations,” he said. “They played better than they did yesterday, they had a little more fun and we tried to climb up to a better position and we didn’t quite do that.”
The Coyotes finished 14th overall with a team score of 551. Gallant (178) finished 41st overall and Mullen finished with a two-day total of 207.
Fairview’s Madison McCambridge followed her opening round 84 with an 86 for a two-day total of 170, which left her in 30th.
As is the case with most state tournaments, the focus is usually on the difficulty of the greens and McCambridge realizes that the focus needs to be on the short game in the coming year if she wants to move up the leaderboard.
“I try and put two-thirds of my effort into short game, because I have my swing set and it’s a a pretty good point,” she said. “Now the focus is the short game so I can get up and down more.”
Fairview’s Taylor Sunset shot matching 92 to finish with a two-day total of 184 and 51st overall. Tara Srinivas shot 210 over the two days.
Boulder senior Aly Beeman, sporting her purple and gold checkered shorts, was thrilled at the opportunity her entire team got over the last few days.
Although the scores weren’t competitive, the thrill of just being there was good enough for her.
“It was a miracle that we made state as a team and we were the happiest people ever,” Beeman said. “I think they really learned something and hopefully they can come back next year and see what they can do.”
Beeman led the Panthers’ charge with a two-day total of 187. The rest of the Boulder contingent went Alex Jaros at 193, Danielle Picard at 202 and Leah Perletz at 207.
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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