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Girls golf: Jefferson Academy’s Aubri Braecklein storms ahead to win Class 3A state title

Fatovic’s 80 nails down 16th to top local 5A competitors

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Aubri Braecklein was not to be denied on Tuesday in Pueblo.

The senior from Jefferson Academy, bound for Georgia State to play golf at the collegiate level, shot a 2-under par 69 at Elmwood during the second round of the Class 3A state tournament, closing out a championship-winning performance through experience and poise.

After firing a 74 on Monday, Braecklein was three strokes back of St. Mary’s Academy freshman Maddy Bante. Bante played well on Tuesday, too, finishing with a 74 of her own. However, Braecklein pulled out the victory by becoming the only one of the 84 golfers to shoot a round under par over the two days.

Her back nine included birdies on the 12th and 16th holes. Her two-round total was 143, while Bante came in at 145.

Elsewhere, Peak to Peak’s Noelle Thompson had a tougher go of things Tuesday with a 91, but that was still enough to place 13th overall; JA sophomore Samantha Duncan shot a 94 to keep her within the top 20 when things were said and done; and the Jaguars’ Makayla Kinard improved her score by four strokes to finish 23rd.

The Jaguars placed third as a team. Peak to Peak finished seventh.

Class 5A

Broomfield’s Nicole Fatovic spread out 10 pars over the course of her second round while limiting big numbers on every other hole at Denver’s City Park Golf Course, and her two-stroke improvement over Monday (giving her an 80) allowed her to finish 16th overall to highlight local finishes at the big-school event.

It marked a good finish for the senior, who finished 45th in 2019 as a sophomore.

A freshman pair from Fairview and Legacy — the Knights’ Ava Hickey and the Lightning’s Ayla Milan — also showed some grit while remaining within the top 32 when the standings were finalized. Hickey went 84-85 to place 29th, while Milan knocked eight strokes off her Monday total (going from 89 to 81) to tie for 32nd.