GREELEY — The rough was thick. The pin placements were tough. Mead junior Timbre Shehee even said her driving and putting were less than ideal Monday morning.
Turns out, it was a winning formula all the same.
Shehee took the individual title at the Class 4A Region 3 tournament on a sunscreen kind of day at Highland Hills Golf Course, carding the lone sub-80 score with a 7-over 79.
The junior, who said she missed a month early into the season with a knee injury, started the day with five bogeys before bouncing back to shoot a slim 2-over through her final 13 holes.
Shehee birdied a 420-yard par-5 on No. 8, then had six pars and three bogeys on a clean back-nine to finish two strokes better than Ponderosa senior Morgan Palermo (81) in second.
“Obviously my dream is to win state and push through, get it done and make a lot of putts,” said Shehee, who will help lead area qualifiers into the 4A state girls golf tournament at Aurora’s CommonGround in two weeks. “But for the next two weeks I gotta grind, and work as hard as I can, and just go out there being confident knowing I can do it. Because I know it’s possible.”
Following her round, Shehee was seen encouraging her teammates on the course as Jodean Amen (102) and Callie Pyle (104) also made the cut for the Mavericks, who qualified their team of three.
It is the first time in more than a decade Mead has sent multiple state qualifiers to the same tournament, per CHSAA records.
“Timbre is a leader, for sure,” Mead coach Mary Durkin said. “She has been golfing since she was little and knows what it’s all about out here. And she has really guided her teammates a lot.”
Niwot, meanwhile, finished second to Windsor in the team race and qualified all four of its golfers.
Like Shehee, Sydney Rothstein finished strong for the Cougars after a tough front-nine, placing third with an 86. Teammate Halie Ostrom was seventh with an 89, while Mina O’Dell was 11th at 97 and Kate Jones made the team cut with a 113.
“I used some mental strategies today because I knew I would be nervous and I would be stressed out,” Rothstein said after her round. “Every three holes, it was like, sign the scorecard and move on.”
The Cougars had previously won the Longs Peak League by around 250 shots.
“We had a really good season,” Niwot coach Ed Weaver said. “We don’t have a big team, but they’re really talented.”
Shehee will return to the 4A state tournament after finishing ninth there as a freshman. Rothstein was 28th and Ostrom was 31st.
Those three along with Holy Family’s Jessica Mason, who took fifth in 2019, were the area’s lone returning golfers this season who finished inside the top 50 at that state tournament. Mason is expected to go for a qualifying spot at 4A Region 4 at Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada Thursday.
Also qualifying was Erie’s Marin Cantwell, who shot a 95 and took ninth, as well as teammate Sydney O’Connor (101). Centaurus sent Julia Love (96), while Frederick qualified Olivia Fauerbach (105) and JuliAnne Herrmann (102) punched her ticket for Longmont.
Silver Creek’s Vivian Nguyen won a playoff (106) and will be the first state alternate out of the region.