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Girls golf: Regional play wraps up with several teams qualifying for state tournaments

Jefferson Academy senior Aubri Braecklein wins her region by 10 strokes

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With Mead High School’s Timbre Shehee winning the Class 4A Region 3 tournament title on Monday, and Niwot qualifying as a team at the same event, the local girls golf programs got regional play off to a tremendous start.

That play continued throughout the week as regionals wrapped up Thursday, making way for ample local representation at the Class 5A, 4A and 3A state tournaments June 21-22.

Among the greatest highlights were Peak to Peak, Jefferson Academy and Holy Family qualifying as teams, as Peak’s Noelle Thompson, JA’s Aubri Braecklein and Holy Family’s Jessica Mason captured individual regional titles.

On Wednesday at Hollydot in Colorado City, Braecklein was simply special. The Georgia State-bound senior shot a 2-under par 69 on the course and was the only girl to score under par in the field. In fact, she won the event by an impressive 10 strokes, finishing her round with four birdies in the final five holes.

The Jags’ Mikayla Kinard also shot an 89, while Samantha Duncan (103) and Freja Hampton (106) rounded out JA’s scoring foursome that will appear at state. The Class 3A tournament will take place at Elmwood in Pueblo.

Thursday at Indian Tree, Mason was also on top of her game. With a rare 74 as par on the course, Mason had five birdies and just two bogeys, giving her a 3-under 71 that was good for a six-stroke victory over second place. Madison Rooney (90), Ansley Schnelle (97) and Liesel Heitz (103) all contributed to the Tigers’ championship by 18 total strokes.

Mason will surely be a contender at the 4A tournament at CommonGround.

Also in 3A, Peak to Peak will be represented by the sophomore Thompson and three others — Ella Junker, Kaylee Craig and Ava Sommer (Craig and Sommer are freshmen). The course at Estes Park was challenging to say the least, as a 18-over par 90 from Thompson was good enough to take home the title. The remaining trio all shot within 16 strokes or each other, giving the Pumas a second place.

Notable

Fairview freshman Ava Hickey placed sixth at the Class 5A Northern Regional on Monday at Coyote Creek, assuring her a spot at the state tournament at City Park in Denver. The Knights’ Sarah Wicks, also a freshman, will join her. … Prospect Ridge’s Erin Choi and Leyni Stavola earned spots in 3A with rounds of 105 and 112 Monday at South Suburban. …  At the 5A Southern Regional Tuesday, Broomfield’s Nicole Fatovic, Brooklyn Davis and Hampton Traylor, as well as Monarch’s Adair Tueton, all shot between 89 and 96 to qualify for 5A state play. … Legacy’s Ayla Milan and Mia Blackard were among a packed group of girls that qualified out of the 5A Western Regional, with rounds of 84 (Milan) and 91 (Blackard) getting them through.