WINDSOR — It might have been easy to dismiss the reigning Front Range League champion Legacy Lightning as a legitimate threat to the Class 5A team title after the departure of Sarah Hankins to the University of Wyoming.
Not so fast.
Coach Mark Glen has a nice one-two punch at the top of his lineup in juniors Jennifer Hankins and Andrea Hoos and has little to worry about when they are on the course. It is what he can get from the back end of his team that will make the difference later in the season.
On Wednesday, in the second FRL match of the season at a cold and blustery Highland Meadows Golf Course, Legacy (329 team score) got its usual solid outing from Hankins (77) and Hoos (78). The key to the Lightning’s six-stroke team victory came when Laura From also decided to join the sub-80 party with a 7-over par 79.
“I knew the potential was there and golf is one of those things that on your good days, yes we will be there, we just need to make sure we are on the good days at the right time,” said Glen, who has helped coach the native of Finland, From, back after a two-year hiatus from the game.
“We had the potential last year and we had two bad days at state. We have the potential this year, now we have to figure out how to have two good days at state.”
Jennifer Hankins, who finished runner-up to playing partner Delaney Elliott of Monarch by two shots, was steady all day in the adverse conditions, making one birdie against six bogeys. Three of those bogeys were of the three-putt variety.
Still Hankins, who is nursing a hand ailment, knows that it is still early in the 2015 season — which for her includes the summer scene — and knows her game is already in good shape.
“I feel good about it,” said Hankins, whose hands get either uncontrollably hot or cold at any given moment. “I feel like I can only get better from here and I feel like, my swing, I’m getting it down where I am hitting it so pure that I am so excited for summer season.”
Broomfield is playing its first season in the Front Range League and the Eagles, with two players fresh off a state basketball title in their regular rotation, should progress nicely as the season wears on.
On the eve of the school’s big pep rally to honor the girls basketball team, Maddie Kern was one of two Broomfield players to shoot 88. Hope Kim also carded an 88. The Eagles team score of 375 was good enough for sixth overall.
FRONT RANGE LEAGUE MEET #2
At Highland Meadows G.C.
Team scores — Legacy 329, Fossil Ridge 335, Fairview 353, Monarch 361, Loveland 371, Broomfield 375, Mountain Range 391, Boulder 394, Poudre 412, Horizon 430.
Top individuals — Delaney Elliott, Monarch 75; Maddy McCambridge, Fairview 77; Jennifer Hankins, Legacy, 77; Andrea Hoos, legacy 78; Laura From, Legacy 79; Heather Kroll, Horizon 80; Kayla Elder, Fossil Ridge 81; Kelsey Webster, Fairview 84; Cammie Fowler, Fossil Ridge 84; Abby Cosper, Fossil Ridge 84.
Broomfield results — Maddie Kern 88; Hope Kim 88; Anna Roh 99; Cassidy Crown 100; Brenna Fankell 110.
Other Legacy results — Nichole Roberts 95; Izzy Hebert 101.