LITTLETON — Randy Sargent called it the best thing to ever happen to his daughter Erin.
Last year at the regional golf tournament at The Broadlands she missed going to state by a mere two shots as a freshman.
“She came home and she wrote ‘State’ on her mirror,” Randy Sargent said.
That one simple word served as motivation for the Skyline sophomore to not only play at state but excel. On Tuesday at Raccoon Creek, Sargent fired a 4-over par 76 for a two-day total of 155 that was good enough for a sixth-place finish in the Class 5A state tournament.
“I feel a lot better than I did yesterday and I felt like I learned a lot from yesterday’s round,” Sargent said. “I played it the right way today.”
The new message will be just as simple: “Do Better.”
With the goal of playing consistent rounds in the 70’s now achieved, Erin Sargent now has her sights on even lower numbers, a goal she keeps close to her — it’s on her glove — at all times on the course.
“I always want to place better and I always want to shoot better,” she said.
It will be the last time that both she and teammate Adara Pauluhn will don the Skyline red and black. Both of their home schools Silver Creek and Niwot respectively will both start their own teams next year to compete on the 4A level.
“”I’m excited for it and I’m happy I get to represent my own school and wear my school colors,” Erin Sargent said. “Unfortunately, I’m going to miss the people I played with and I’m going to miss coach Meredith (Nelson), she has done an awesome job with us.
“It’s definitely bittersweet, but it’s also exciting.”
After an opening round 78 had Pauluhn in the second-to-last pairing, she was unable to maintain it on Tuesday and ballooned to an 84.
But after back-to-back top 20 finishes, Pauluhn understands what it will take to move up the leaderboard and likes her chances next year.
“It’s just one tournament and you just have to move on and forget about it,” she said. “And try and think about what you can improve on.”
Nelson understood that the change was coming, but knows her girls will have success for their respective schools and appreciates the mark they left on the program.
“It will be hard. It will be a very different dynamic next year for them to be opponents versus teammates, but everybody has to adapt,” Nelson said. “Adara wants nothing more than to have her name on the wall at Niwot versus a trophy on a shelf somewhere at Skyline that means nothing to her. Not that it is nothing, but it is hard to feel proud about an achievement that you don’t really get to see.”
Claire McPeak was seven shots better than her opening round 99 and helped the Falcons team vault to sixth in the team standings with a two-day total of 508.
Regis Jesuit was the team champion by three shots over Rock Canyon. The medalist was Rock Canyon’s Michelle Romano, who beat Arapahoe’s Hannah Wood on the first playoff hole.
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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