Girls Golf: Meghan Vogt, Lauren Lehigh fighting for state title

Broomfield, Legacy compete in soggy Class 5A state tournament

Meghan Vogt of Broomfield chips onto the green of hole 7 at Harmony Club in Fort Collins during the Class 5A state golf tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Brandon Boles/

FORT COLLINS — The rivalry between Broomfield’s Meghan Vogt and Loveland’s Lauren Lehigh has become a friendly one with their countless battles in the Front Range League and in previous state tournaments.

“I think it’s really fun,” Vogt said. “(Lauren) is a great person. We’ve teamed up in the league tournaments and have gotten really close. I think it’s fun that we are friends now and we can compete against each other while still having a great time.”

It was no surprise that the two would be paired up together again for the first round of the Class 5A state golf tournament at Harmony Club in Fort Collins. And once again after Monday’s play, the two are battling for the top spot in the tournament, this time competing for a state title.

Vogt led the entire field through the first nine holes, but it was Lehigh who ended the day at the top of the leaderboard at 2-under 70. A late birdie from Vogt put the pressure on late and saw her sit at 1-under 71 heading to the midway point of the state tournament.

“I’ve been hitting the ball not ideally for the past few weeks, so I was kind of nervous,” Vogt admitted. “I was more nervous than ever for this tournament, but I’m proud of how I played. I think I put a good number up.”

Vogt was the third player from Broomfield to tee off the front nine of the course. She, along with teammates Ana Cole and Nicole Fatovic, were greeted with a mix of rain and snow falling to begin the tournament. The slight sleet fell for most of the morning while the trio was on the front nine of the course.

On the front nine, Vogt hit birdie on the par-5 No. 4 and added seven more pars to stay even at the midway point. The steady play continued on the back nine with eight pars and a crucial birdie on the par-4 No. 16 that put her one stroke behind Lehigh.

“I like this course a lot,” Vogt said. “The greens are fun and have some slope. I’m hoping that tomorrow I can put up a smaller number knowing how to use the greens to my advantage.”

Nicole Fatovic of Broomfield hits an approach shot while playing in the first round of the Class 5A state golf tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Harmony Club in Fort Collins. (Brandon Boles/

Fatovic hit a pair of birdies on the front nine and was seven strokes over par through nine holes. After two higher scoring results on 10 and 11, she ended the round by shooting par or bogey on the final seven holes for a 14-over 86. Cole ended with one par and seven bogeys to finish at 105. Broomfield currently sits 15th out of 18 teams in the team standings.

When the team returns to the course on Tuesday, all eyes will be on the showdown between Vogt and Lehigh to see if one of them can hang on to win the state title.

“I need to work on my putting a little more,” Vogt said. “If I can hit the right spots on fairways and greens, I think that will get me to a lower number.”

Mia Blackard in the field for Legacy

Legacy was represented at the Class 5A state tournament by Mia Blackard, who qualified individually from the Lightning’s regional roughly two weeks ago.

“I want to represent Legacy,” Blackard said. “I want to represent my team and show that we’re great with how we are. We’re getting better and better, and I can’t wait for the years to come.”

Blackard played with Alyssa Adkins of Pine Creek and Paige Carlson of Legend in one of the final groups to tee off on No. 10 Monday morning. A steady day and strong finish saw Blackard finish with a 15-over  87.

After shooting bogey or higher on all nine holes on the back nine of the course, Blackard got into a rhythm on the front nine and started to strike the ball cleaner. She would hit par on six of the final nine holes in the round and her 39 on the front nine was nine strokes better than how she started the day on the back nine.

“I think I realized that the weather wasn’t going to change and that I had to go out and enjoy that I’m at state,” Blackard said. “I just have to enjoy the moment.”

Blackard hopes to build off her run in the second half on Monday going into round two to end the season on a positive note.

“I wanted to do better (at state) than I did last year,” Blackard said. “I want to have a good mind set. With the weather, it’s not great, but I’m excited to be here.”

Mia Blackard of Legacy watches her approach shot on hole 8 at Harmony Club in Fort Collins during the first round of the Class 5A state golf tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Brandon Boles/