Girls golf: Fairview advances all four players to 5A state finals

AURORA — And the beat goes on for the Fairview girls golf team.

On Monday at the 5A Central Regional tournament at CommonGround Golf Course, the Knights extended two streaks:

— They qualified a team for the 5A state tournament for the fifth consecutive year, which is no small feat.

— And for the sixth straight season, there will be state representatives from FHS with the surname of McCambridge and/or Sunset.

Most importantly, though, Fairview accomplished just what it set out to do at CommonGround, which was qualifying a full contingent of four players for the 5A state tournament in two weeks. And Boulder didn’t do badly either, advancing two of its golfers to the state meet, set for May 18-19 at the Olde Course in Loveland.

Though there were just two automatic state team berths available from the Central Regional — which went to Grandview and Heritage — two other teams likewise advanced all four of their players to state: Fairview and Denver East.

And as far as the Knights are concerned, the best big-picture news might be that all four of their qualifiers will return for next season. And Kelsey Webster will be going to the state meet as a freshman after shooting her best score in high school competition, a 9-over-par 80, on Monday.

“It’ll be an honor to go to state for Fairview as a freshman,” she said. “And I have some great teammates I get to go with.”

Those would be juniors Maddy McCambridge and Tara Srinivas and sophomore Taylor Sunset. Those three made up the team FHS sent to state last year, finishing 15th. McCambridge also went to state as a freshman.

Boulder, meanwhile, will be represented at state in two weeks by two seniors, Jenna Knutson and Danielle Picard.

On Monday, McCambridge shot a 3-over-par 74 to tie for second place in the regional, four strokes behind Grandview’s Morgan Sahm. Webster shared seventh place, while Sunset (86) and Srinivas (91) also finished in the top 20.

Knutson carded an 85, while Picard had a 91. Picard finished 69th at state last year for BHS.

“This will be my first trip to state. I’d never even come to regionals (before this year),” said Knutson, who will play golf at the University of Jamestown (N.D.) next year. “My game is about 10-20 strokes better (per round) than last year, (but) qualifying for state was a pretty big goal. I’m a senior so this is a good way to end.”

With two schools guaranteed team berths at state, and 13 additional individuals qualifying, Fairview (240) placed third in the team standings at CommonGround, behind Grandview (226) and Heritage (236). Boulder (281) finished seventh.

“I think it’s great” to qualify again, FHS coach John Zerwin said. “The team has been good this year.”

McCambridge, the season-long champion in the Front Range League, made four birdies on Monday and shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine. She birdied two of her last four holes.

“I was very satisfied with (74),” said McCambridge, whose older sister Megan was a past standout for the Knights (as was Sunset’s sister, Jordan). “I shot 40 on the front nine, but I came back, I kept my head up and played a solid nine holes.”

Webster, whose best tournament round ever is a 79, looked to be well on her way to breaking that on Monday as she was just 1 over par through 12 holes, having made 11 pars to that point. And though a double bogey on 15 and a triple bogey on 16 set her back, she still came up big for the Knights.

“I have a superstition that I took my rain pants off (after about 12 holes), and after that I played badly,” Webster said with a smile. “But it’s not too bad if you put it into perspective (that her score was just one off her competitive best). I’m not too mad about it.”

Said Zerwin: “Kelsey was playing way above her pay grade most of the day, and she finished out strong enough to do well.”

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Class 5A Central Region

At Common Ground GC

Team scores — 1. Grandview 226; 2. Heritage 236; 3. Fairview 240; 4. Denver East 241; 5. (tie) Pine Creek and Fruita-Monument 278; 7. Boulder 281; 8. Lakewood 282; 9. Douglas County 286; 10. Fountain Fort Carson 335; 11. Bear Creek 343; 12. Hinkley 394; 13. Westminster DNF.

Individual state qualifiers — 1. Morgan Sahm, Grandview, 70; 2. Madison McCambridge, Fairview, 74; 3. Caroline O’Donnell, Grandview, 74; 4. Delaney Benson, Heritage, 76; 5. (tie) Julia Baroth, Denver East, and Joanna Kempton, Heritage, 77; 7. (tie) Kelsey Webster, Fairview, and Sarah Hunt, Denver East, 80; 9. Emily Jung, Grandview, 81; 10. (tie) Katie Rice, Fruita Monument, and Kendra George, Heritage, 83; 12. Elena Barbosa, Denver East, 84; 13. Jenna Knutson, Boulder, 85; 14. Taylor Sunset, Fairview, 86; 15. Gabby Esquibel, Heritage, 88; 16. Elly Carlson, Pine Creek, 90; 17. (tie) Danielle Picard, Boulder, Tara Srinivas, Fairview, and Claire Stirdivant, Denver East, 91; 20. Emma Hesse, Lakewood, 92 (won 4-person playoff); Also: Caitlin O’Donnell, Grandview, 94.

Other Boulder results — Payton Williams 105, Jade Hunter 113.