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Girls golf: Jefferson Academy’s Aubri Braecklein in contention

Jaguars senior second after first day of 3A state tournament


Adding a state championship to her resume is something Jefferson Academy’s Aubri Braecklein has strived for her whole career, and it’s a career that includes several phenomenal accolades on the junior levels and on Colorado’s women’s golf scene.

After the first day of the Class 3A state tournament in Pueblo, Braecklein is within striking distance of checking off that goal.

While she had to swallow a tough double-bogey on her sixth hole at Elmwood Golf Course on Monday, Braecklein settled in nicely to finish just one-over par the rest of the way, and her 3-over 74 is good for second place as competition resumes Tuesday morning.

St. Mary’s Academy freshman Maddy Bante managed her nerves to shoot an even-par 71, taking the lead at the two-day event. Only two others shot in the 70s on what proved to be a rigorous course.

Jefferson Academy is third in the team race, behind St. Mary’s Academy and Vail Mountain. JA’s Samantha Duncan carded an 88, while Makayla Kinard had a solid round of 97.

Peak to Peak was sixth overall, 81 strokes over par. Noelle Thompson, a sophomore, had a fantastic round of 82 to keep within the top 10 individually, and  freshmen Ava Sommer (104) and Kaylee Craig (109) each held their own. Ella Junker hit 108.

Prospect Ridge Academy’s Leyni Stavola was also right in that scoring range with a 106, while the Miners’ Erin Choi carded a 110.



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