Mastering the golf course at Heather Ridge in Aurora was not the goal for the Monarch girls golf team, but managing it certainly was on Monday.
With chilly-but-far-from-overwhelming conditions to play in, the Coyotes did what they needed to do in their Class 5A Northern Region tournament to get their entire team to the 5A state championships, placing second with a score of 257 aided by a fourth place finish from Delaney Elliott, who carded a 78.
Carly Gallant finished ninth overall at 88, and 12th and 14th-place finishes from Emma Touton (91) and Remy Mullen (96) earned the Coyotes a chance to score as a team at the Olde Course in Loveland in two weeks.
“It was a short course but they trick it up,” Monarch coach Mike Riley said. “The girls managed it very well, and we putted pretty good even though the greens were fast. The girls did a good job of working over a few holes to bounce back from a bad one.”
Broomfield played in the 5A Southern Region and finished fifth at Heritage Eagle Bend. Hope Kim finished in a tie for fifth place with an 87, while Maddie Kern (89) and Brenna Fankell (94) also made the state cut. Broomfield coach Tony Ferraro called it their best round as a team this year.
In 4A, Jennifer Kupcho of Jefferson Academy dominated Raccoon Creek, shooting a 1-under 71 to win the Metro West Region. She will be joined at state by Mariah Ehrman, who finished seventh with an 82. Peak to Peak participated in the regional, as well, but did not have anyone qualify for the state championships.
The Class 5A Western Region went well for Mark Glen’s crew from Legacy, as the Lightning rode a first place finish and season best round from Andrea Hoos (even par 72) to win at Fox Hollow. Jennifer Hankins also carded a 76 for fourth place, and the Lightning will be represented by a full foursome at state.
Class 5A Southern Region
At Heritage Eagle Bend
Team scores — Cherry Creek 258, Legend 259, Fossil Ridge 266, Arvada West 269, Broomfield 270, Grand Junction 299, Castle View 323, Brighton 338, Doherty 350, Columbine 363, George Washington 367, Eaglecrest 389.
Top individuals — 1. Kennedy, Legend, 77; 2. Kroll, Horizon, 80; 2. Bang, Cherry Creek, 80; 4. Peper, Arvada West 81; 5. Fowler, Fossil Ridge, 87; 5. Lucas, Cherry Creek, 87; 5. Kim, Broomfield, 87.
Other Broomfield results — Kern 89, Fankell 94, Roh 105.
Class 5A Northern Region
At Heather Ridge
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 228, Monarch 257, Arapahoe 280, Dakota Ridge 289, Coronado 298, Mountain Range 298, Highlands Ranch 300, Prairie View 307, Chaparral 331, Liberty 347, Grand Junction Central 384, Chatfield 399, Gateway 405, Aurora Central 489.
Top individuals — 4. Delaney Elliott, Monarch, 78.
Other Monarch results — Gallant 88, Touton 91, Mullen 96.
Class 5A Western Region
At Fox Hollow
Top individuals — 1. Andrea Hoos, Legacy, 72; 4. Jennifer Hankins, Legacy, 76.
Other Legacy results — Lisa From 84, Maddy Rodriguez 97.
Class 4A Metro-West Region
At Raccoon Creek
Team scores — Colorado Academy 247, Valor Christian 261, Jefferson Academy 264, D’Evelyn 271, Evergreen 292, Mullen 296, Green Mountain 297, Kent Denver 301, Vista PEAK 302, Denver South 323, Machebeuf 333, Golden 340, St. Mary’s Academy 354, Ponderosa 356, Littleton 368, Thomas Jefferson 370, Wheat Ridge 373, Confier 376, Lutheran 379, Arvada 399, Denver North 422.
Top individuals — 1. Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 71; 2. Godwin, Colorado Academy, 75; 3. Kneen, Colorado Academy, 78; 3. More, Mullen, 78; 5. Straasburg, D’Evelyn, 80.
Other Jefferson Academy results — Ehrman 82, Grantham 111, Gordon 114.
Peak to Peak results — Not available.