Girls Golf: Shortened state golf tournaments see Schalk win third title, Vogt finish second

Final rounds for all three state tournaments cancelled due to snow

Colin Barnard/Loveland Reporter-Herald
Broomfield’s Meghan Vogt, middle, celebrates her second-place individual finish in the girls Class 5A state golf tournament at Harmony Golf Club on Tuesday, May 21.
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The Colorado High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that all three state girls golf tournaments would not play their final round due to snow impacting the courses. As a result, all three tournaments will use the day one totals from Monday for the final results this year.

The ending leaves mixed emotions for a pair of local golfers looking to win the state title.

In Class 4A, there was joy and excitement for Hailey Schalk of Holy Family winning her third consecutive state title as a junior with a solid round on Monday.

“It feels really cool to win it three times,” Schalk said. “It’s hard to be that consistent.”

Schalk hit an even-par 72 in the first round at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor. Her score put her five strokes ahead of the rest of the field. This is her first state title in Class 4A after winning the previous two in Class 3A.

“Everyone is good competition. Anyone can shoot a 65 or get hot,” Schalk said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s in 3A, 4A or 5A.”

Schalk was able to hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation and said she only had one bad stroke in the entire round. She also called it one of her best rounds in her high school career.

“It’s an amazing feat no matter what level you play to win and win consistently,” Holy Family coach Matt Schalk said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her. This qualifies as one of her best rounds in these conditions.”

In the team standings, the Niwot Cougars finished second overall behind Windsor.

The Niwot girls golf team, coached by Ed Weaver, accepts their second place trophy at the 4A state tournament’s awards ceremony Tuesday. (photo courtesy Jon E. Yunt).

On the other side, there’s a feeling of disappointment for Broomfield and its top golfer, Meghan Vogt. After finishing one stroke behind Lauren Lehigh of Loveland for the top spot Monday, she learned the news with the rest of her team that she would not get the chance to try and win her first state title at the Class 5A tournament in Fort Collins.

“We are happy we don’t have to play in the snow but disappointed for Meghan,” Broomfield coach Tony Ferraro said. “She had a chance to win it. She missed a couple of putts, but that’s golf. If she played (Tuesday), we thought she would have a chance to win this thing, but that’s Colorado weather and we don’t get to control that, so you have to deal with it.”

The team did discuss the scenario in which a full round Monday could be the only score used at state, but the team felt a more favorable forecast predicted for Tuesday would lead to playing the final round, according to Ferraro.

With Tuesday’s round being cancelled, Ferraro said it was the 13th round this season for his team that was either canceled or postponed due to snow for the team, making it one of the trickier seasons for his program during his five years.

Despite missing the chance to win the state title, the season turned in by Vogt was a historic one. Her second-place finish at state is the highest finish for a golfer in BHS program history, and each year she has improved her final position at the state tournament.

With Lehigh graduating from Loveland, Vogt will be one of the favorites to win the state title in 2020.

“I want her to use that disappointment to work hard for next year,” Ferraro said. “She finished seventh (at state) as a freshman, third as a sophomore, and her second-place finish is the best finish at state for a girl in Broomfield history. She had the best season stroke average in school history. She had an amazing year, the best year for any girls player in history.”

The Class 3A state tournament in Eagle saw Aubri Braecklein of Jefferson Academy finish tied for second place and four strokes behind Colorado Academy’s Caroline Jordaan. Jefferson Academy finished in fourth place in the team standings.