Between the girls golf teams from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista high schools, each of them have something to be excited about at …
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Between the girls golf teams from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge
and Mountain Vista high schools, each of them have something to be
excited about at state this year.
Highlands Ranch won the Colorado Springs Regional tournament May
5 at Red Hawk Golf Course in Castle Rock with a score of 239. With
the full team in the Class 5A state championship meet May 18-19 at
Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, the Falcons have what they
need for a possible state title repeat.
ThunderRidge qualified three of its golfers to the state show
this year. It’s the first time the Grizzlies take any player to
state in the past five seasons.
While Mountain Vista only had two players qualify, one is a
freshman, showing promise for the program which lost many seniors
two years ago.
The Falcons were led by senior Libby Avery, the only returning
player from last year’s state title team. Avery shot 75 at
regionals to tie at first place with Douglas County’s Dana
Zamprelli. The two met in a playoff for the regional bragging
This was the second high school regional Avery had to finish in
a sudden-death playoff. Her sophomore season, she went five holes
before winning the region that year. This time around, Avery wasn’t
as fortunate, as Zamprelli managed to eagle the first hole of the
Regardless, the senior is eager to get up to Fort Collins and
defend the team title.
“We all played really well [at regionals],” Avery said. “I think
we’re all going to be really good at state, and we’ll have a chance
to win state again this year for a repeat, hopefully.”
Avery and the Falcons have played the course at Collindale a
couple times. She said although there are obstacles, including a
lot of trees, the layout of the course is pretty easy to
“It doesn’t seem that hard,” Avery said. “It’s pretty straight
forward, so I think our team has a good chance of doing pretty good
at it. … There are a lot of trees there, but it’s pretty easy. It’s
Patricia Lee shot a 77 at regionals. Lacee Floyd had an 87, and
Diane Choe wrapped up the squad with 118.
ThunderRidge had an exceptional regional showing. For the first
time in the program’s history, all four Grizzly gals shot below 100
in the state qualifier.
“By far and away, [regionals] was our best tournament so far,”
T-Ridge coach Jim McCord said. “I’m very pleased with how they
started and where they finished. It really kind of shows how
they’ve worked hard, and it paid of for them.”
Qualifying for state for the Grizzlies were Taylor Buck, a
freshman who shot 82, Emily Grammes with 94 and Courtney Gieseman
with 95. Also shooting for ThunderRidge was Jessica Benson with 97,
just missing the cut.
McCord said the squad has had a break out season this year.
“[Buck] definitely has a bright future,” he said. “The others
have had some varsity experience, but they’ve never been in the mix
to go to state like they have this year.”
At Red Hawk, ThunderRidge struggled with their putting, the
coach said, which made the difference for several players at
regionals this season, especially at such a hill littered
“That’s the reality of putting. If you’re a good putter, than
you can play good golf,” McCord said. “What separates the great
golfers is the putting.”
Madison Robb, a returning state qualifier who led Mountain Vista
at regionals shooting 77, said she loved the course at Red Hawk and
fits well into her game; however, like many that day, she had her
“The back nine kind of got me, but I did fine. I’m going to
state. That’s all that matters,” Robb, who signed a commitment to
play golf for Oakland University in Michigan this year, said.
Freshman Nicole Adams and Robb will represent the Golden Eagles
in the 5A dance this year.
“I think we did really well, cause we had a freshman qualify,
which is awesome after losing the seniors we did two years ago,”
Robb said. “I think it’s great for the inexperience we have. I’m
proud of them.”
The Vista senior said Collindale is a lot like city park
courses, given the amount of trees and small greens. She said
accuracy would be key for every one.
“Usually, you have to be pretty accurate, and if you’re not,
then it’s a putting contest,” Robb said. “If I hit my greens, than
it’s a putting contest.”
Class 4A qualifiers
In the Class 4A Metro West Regional tournament, Rock Canyon took
second as a team with 242 May 5 at Broadlands Golf Course in
Broomfield and was able to qualify three players; Alli Johnston,
Alex Pedrinan and Carlie McAlister. Johnston shot a 77 to tie in
first place with three other players. Pedrinan shot 81 for ninth
place, and McAlister had 84 to tie at 13th.
Valor Christian was seventh at regionals with 266 and one player
qualifying for the 4A state championship. Lindsey McGetrick will
represent the Eagles in the state field this season. At regionals,
she shot a 78 to finish in fifth place.
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