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Girls golf: Erie’s Logan Hale edges Holy Family’s Mason for NCAC win

Logan Hale shot 2-over-par 72, Mason 73

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    LONGMONT — Erie's Logan Hale shoots from the Fairway Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Holy Family's Jessica Mason drives Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Erie's Logan Hale drives Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Holy Family's Jessica Mason hits from the fairway Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Holy Family's Jessica Mason chips onto the green Monday, April 4, 2022.

  • LONGMONT — Mead's Timbre Shehee drives ...

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    LONGMONT — Mead's Timbre Shehee drives Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Mead's Timbre Shehee watches her shot with Erie's Logan Hale Monday, April 4, 2022.

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    LONGMONT — Holy Family's Jessica Mason hits from the fairway Monday, April 4, 2022.

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LONGMONT — Holy Family senior Jessica Mason, eyeing a repeat title in Class 4A after winning the state tournament by a monumental 10 strokes a year ago, knows things will almost assuredly be tougher this time around.

Monday, Erie’s Logan Hale provided at least one more reason as to why.

The Vail Mountain transfer proved more than worthy of being in the lead group at the Northern Colorado Athletic Conference tournament with Mason and Mead’s Timbre Shehee at Twin Peaks Golf Course. Nailing a birdie on her final hole, she edged Mason on the leaderboard and won the tournament, carding a 2-over-par 72.

Hale, who is coming off a sixth-place finish in 3A, used a long chip to get within 5 feet on No. 18. Understanding the moment, she finished an awkward, downhill putt for the deciding stroke.

Behind her, Mason finished second at 73. Shehee, who was 18th in 4A in 2021, was fifth at 80.

“It was a really cool experience” playing with Mason and Shehee, Hale said. “Any tournament competition is always good. It gets the nerves going no matter how big or small it is.”

The sophomore didn’t show it.

Hale trailed Mason by two strokes after she double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 13 before making her final push. Though wind gusts of 20 mph kicked up after her wayward hole, Hale played her best down the stretch. She hit two of her four birdies on the day across her last five holes, then sunk the winning putt after Mason pitched out of the sand and narrowly missed a long putt of her own.

“This year will be tougher because there’s more competition like (Erie’s) Hadley (Ashton) and Logan (Hale),” Mason said. “It’s the same mindset, though. Just go out and play. I didn’t play very good today, but it’s the same kind of the thing and hopefully I can get state again.”

The 4A defending champion finished with three birdies and six bogeys on the day, five coming on the back-nine. Shehee, meanwhile, was tied with Hale after 13 but went over-par on her final four holes.

“Playing with better players makes me a better player just because I learn a lot from them,” Shehee said. “I didn’t play super smart (today), but it is really early in the season, and I have some time to figure it out.”

Behind Hale’s win, Erie ran away with the league meet (338) despite not having the services of Ashton, the star freshman who is coming off a tour championship in the Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado. Sophomore Kait Park (82) finished seventh, junior Sydney O’Connor (91) 12th, and Tatem Coapland (93) 13th.

Windsor finished second (347) as a team, followed by Holy Family (357).

“The focus in our program is always trying to stay positive and win the mental grind,” Tigers coach Brandon Bird said. “That’s always the biggest issue with golf. With a young team, a lot of that is learning how to mature. I think the sophomores in the program have taken a step since their freshman season, so that’s good to see.”

Back from Hale and Mason, Windsor’s Paige Bretz, Gabrielle Krebs as well as Liberty Common’s Sydney Taylor finished tied for third at 79. Longmont’s Abbey Gannon and Centaurus’ Julia Love tied for eighth at 88.

Next, the NCAC is slated to have a crossover tournament with the Longs Peak League Thursday at Quail Dunes Golf Course.

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