While Hadley Ashton and Logan Hale paced the Erie girls golf team to its first regional championship on Tuesday at Overland Park Golf Course, the Niwot foursome was equally tough enough at collectively to take second place as a team and qualify for next week’s Class 4A state tournament.
When all regional play was said and done Tuesday, Erie, Niwot, Holy Family (second place at the Class 4A Region 3 tournament) and Prospect Ridge Academy (second at the Class 3A Region 2 tournament) played well enough to represent the area as teams, while Broomfield (Class 5A Southern) and Legacy (Class 5A Central) will also have the chance to score as a team when the tournaments commence May 31.
Ashton shot a 3-under par 69 at the course to win the individual championship and gain even more momentum for state, which will be played at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction. She tallied five birdies on the day, including her very first hole, to win by three strokes over her teammate, Hale. Hale had a huge back-nine with three birdies, as well, to finish at even-par 72.
Kait Park (81) and Syndey O’Connor (88) rounded out Erie’s day.
Niwot was 27 strokes behind the Tigers and had all four of its girls finish within the top 18. Freshman Alena Kasanicky carded a 78, and senior Sydney Rothstein was right behind her at 79. The Cougars also have Mina O’Dell and Kate Jones in their state foursome.
Holy Family solid at Quail Dunes
Jess Mason won yet another tournament with a 2-under par 72, and Holy Family finished second behind Windsor at Quail Dunes to make state as a team. Liesel Heitz, Finley Holmes and Ansley Schnelle were all within a few strokes of each other to also help the Tigers finish ahead of Riverdale Ridge by a single stroke.
A number of local individuals emerged from the field at Quail Dunes. Mead’s Timbre Shehee was consistent again and shot even-par 74 for second-place honors, and Mavericks teammate Jodean Amen’s 96 got her in. Also qualifying were Frederick’s Zoe Millard and Makayla Miller, Centaurus’ Julia Love, Longmont’s JuliAnne Herrmann, and Silver Creek’s Brielle Hickman.
Miners back at 3A state as full squad
Hope Torres’ regional debut as a freshman went swimmingly, as she shot a team-best 6-over par to help lead Prospect Ridge Academy to second place at Spring Valley on Tuesday. The Miners’ other three stars — Leyni Stavola, Erin Choi and Kate Dinges all placed top-10 to give PRA a strong group to compete at The Broadlands next week.
Jefferson Academy also saw two qualifiers in Samantha Duncan and Freja Hampton.
Class 5A roundup
Eight individuals from Class 5A programs qualified for state, which in 2022 will be played at the Olde Course in Loveland. Fairview’s Ava Hickey had the best regional round of any local, placing third in the Class 5A Northern Regional at Collindale with her 7-over 78.
In the 5A Central tournament, Legacy’s trio of Ayla Milan (80), Kalianna Boglino (89) and Peyton McLeese (90) qualified, as did Monarch’s Lexi Girton (91).
In the Southern tournament at Meadow Hills, Broomfield’s Hampton Traylor paced the Eagles with an 87 while Brooklyn Davis (90) and Mia Huerta (98) each made enough great shots to finish among the 13 individuals to come out of the field.