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State golf features local players

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Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Valor Christian were south metro schools that qualified four-player teams for the girls state golf tournaments scheduled for May 21 and 22.

The 5A tournament was slated to be held at the Boulder County Club, with the 4A tourney set for the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The 3A state tournament was scheduled for the Elmwood Golf Club in Pueblo.

Creek won the Western regional tournament for the second year in a row on May 7 at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood. Defending state champion Ralston Valley finished second and also qualified its entire team.

Highlands Ranch won the Central regional at South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial, while Rock Canyon won a playoff with Eaglecrest to gain second place in the Northern regional at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins.

Valor Christian was champion of the 4A Region 2 qualifying tournament held on the Silver course at the Eisenhower Golf Course at the Air Force Academy.

Teams qualifying for the state tournament can play all four golfers, with the top three each day counting in the team scoring. Schools that individually qualify three golfers can compete for team points.

Grandview's Amy Chitkoksoong and Jenna Chun of Highlands Ranch, who tied for medalist honors last season, are back in the field. Chitkoksoong won the individual state championship on the third playoff hole last May.

Chun had a 2-over-par 74 at the Central regional tourney at South Suburban. Chitkoksoong tied for medalist honors at the Southern regional played at the Colorado Springs Country Club with a 7-over-par 79.

Class 5A

Team qualifiers: Cherry Creek (Kaylynn Xia 76, Rachel Penzenstadler 76, Payton Canon 77, Alyssa Chin 78); Highlands Ranch (Haena Kim 73, Jenna Chun 74, Claire Hendee 89, Alaina OIscai 90); Rock Canyon (Ashley Kozlowski 77, Brandy McClain 77, Mia Kliner 98, Annalise Hildebrand 99).

Individual qualifiers: Legend — Maddy Dunkle, 83, Melia Buckton, 85 Clara Hosman, 88; Douglas County — Amanda Robert 80; Chaparral — Katherine Malcom 73, Kira Petersen 87; Arapahoe — Courtney Packer 81, Samantha Packer 85, Christine Attai 89; ThunderRidge — Taylor Tucker 77, Lauren Tucker 84, Hannah Basler, 89. Castle View — Lindsay Taylor 86, Cassie McCord 89.

Class 4A

Team qualifiers: Valor Christian (Samantha Schoenborn 91, Grace Young 91, Izzy Marchino 95, Morgan Hanler 99)

Individual qualifiers: Ponderosa — Halle Holmes 95; Littleton — Sydney Elder 99, Sarah Young 113.

Class 3A

Individual qualifiers: SkyView Academy — Megan Roo 103; Lutheran — Renesh Heaps 115

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