Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
BROOMFIELD — Get ready for an egregious and obvious understatement.
The Broomfield girls golf team isn’t the only spring sports program that has been negatively affected or at the very least impeded by inclement weather in Colorado.
Without fail, dozens if not hundreds of high school sporting events in the Centennial State are either cancelled or rescheduled each spring. But it isn’t every spring that the Broomfield Eagles are coming off a breakthrough season in which they sent a four-player team to the state tournament for the first time since rising up to the 5A classification. Then there’s Broomfield junior Meghan Vogt, who finished in a five-way tie for third place at state last season.
Vogt has waited over a year to embark on a season she hopes will conclude with her making a run at her first state title. Sitting indoors while the first two weeks of the season passed her by has been hard to stomach.
“We’ve only even had a few practices,” Vogt said. “We’re all really anxious to get going and we’re all still just waiting, thinking, ‘When is the season going to start already?’ It’s tough because we’re ready, we’ve been ready. I’ve been really excited to be an upperclassman finally and to try to keep going up the leaderboard at state.
“I’ve done better every year so far and I’m still not trying to put too much pressure on myself and to not get in my head about winning state because I know I have another year after this one. But winning state is definitely my big goal this season, and coming back next year as a defending state champion going for two would be awesome.”
Oddly enough, Vogt, who hopes to win Player of the Year in the Front Range League, can’t solely blame the weather for her late start to this spring season. The Eagles junior cut her finger while cooking several days ago and, as a result, will be unable to swing a golf club for at least. Once she returns, Vogt will resume working on her game in order to maintain her position as one of Class 5A’s contenders and sharpening her skills for a potential state title run at Harmony Golf Club on May 20-21.
Vogt will also continue prepping to lead a solid returning group of Eagles back to the team competition. Nicole Fatovic, who tied for 69th place at state, will be a strong number two player for the Eagles and freshmen like Brooklyn Davis.
“Me and Nicole are really excited about the season because we have a bunch of returning girls and freshmen coming in this season that should be really good,” Vogt said. “Going to state last year was a big deal for us and we think we have a good shot at sending a full team back to state this season.”
For the first time in 11 years, the Eagles had to postpone the Chilly Chili Invite, a large early-season tournament and one of the only annual prep girls golf tournaments that takes place on a Saturday. They tournament was rescheduled for this Saturday, which Winter Storm Ulmer becoming a bomb cyclone has now cast doubt upon.
The Eagles have spent most of this spring sports season, which officially began with formal practices on Feb. 25, hitting practice balls in the Broomfield High gym, strength training or using the indoor simulators at Sport Stable in Superior.
If the Chilly Chili can’t be played on Saturday, the Eagles’ next opportunity for a season-opener would come during spring break, which begins for Broomfield High on March 23.
“It’s pretty frustrating,” Broomfield head coach Tony Ferraro said. “But it’s one of those things where you can’t do anything about it so you just have to deal. Hopefully, this storm doesn’t last too long because if we can’t play Saturday, it’ll be until our spring break in a couple weeks before we get out there. But we’re excited and we’re ready to go. “