Columbine girls show strength at Jeffco tourney

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Other Southwest Jeffco teams have strong showings

By Alissa Noe

BROOMFIELD — A little frost delay wasn’t going to hold back the Columbine girls golf team.
Following a strong performance from the Rebels’ top four golfers at the Broadlands Golf Course on April 4, the team finished second overall at the Jeffco League tournament with 375 collective strokes, 33 behind first-place Ralston Valley.
The event, which hosted 18 teams between 4A and 5A, saw other great performances from Chatfield (fourth, 305), Dakota Ridge (sixth, 459) and D’Evelyn (sixth in 4A, 453).

With a fifth-place finish in a pool of 37 girls, the Rebels’ Tess Mitchell carried her team with an 86-stroke performance. Teammates Hanna Lawton and Annika Schooler came in right behind her for seventh and eighth place as both recorded a 93.
Despite the high finish and sub-100 score, Lawton, a senior, said she wished she had performed a little better on some of the holes.
“The course was playing really well. The greens were played a little fast, but nothing that anybody can’t handle. I started out really good. I was six over, then just went downhill quick. I’m not really happy at all with how I played today,” she said.
Because of the sudden downturn in her play on the second half of the course, Lawton said she’ll take the tournament as a learning experience.
“I think I just got a little too confident and thought, ‘Oh, I can make it over the water.’ No, you can’t,” she said. “I just need to remember for future tournaments to play it safe when you’re playing well, which is hard for me.”
Also for Columbine, Jackie Jackson took 18th with 103 strokes, and Rebecca Sturm placed 29th with a 120.

Kaylan Ball started the Chargers out strong, finishing ninth with a score of 94. Her teammates, Isabelle DiNapoli and Megan Hood, took 11th and 20th, respectively, with 95 and 104 strokes.
Hood, a sophomore, said the weather in the morning messed with her game a bit, but overall she enjoyed the fast play and long holes of the course.
“They weren’t that bad. We started off a little bad. We had like an hour and a half frost delay, but (the conditions) got a lot better. The greens were nice; the fairways were nice,” Hood said. “It’s a nice neighborhood course, I would say. There’s not a lot of places where you can get stuck in water or just get stuck in areas.”
She said she was happy with the way she performed in just her second competition of the season and hopes to take her time at Broadlands as a growing experience that will carry her through the rest of the season.
“I’m definitely learning from the girls I played with,” she said. ‘I know both of the girls I played with are seniors, so with me being a sophomore, I definitely have a lot more to learn — just getting stronger and hitting the ball a lot farther.”
Jaiden Mueller placed 24th with 112 strokes, and Courtney Bidwell took 30th with a 123 score.

Dakota Ridge
The Eagles saw a strong performance from sophomore Jennah Vigil, who scored a 99, which was good enough for 13th place.
The seasoned golfer thought she did all right but said that overall, she’s happy with how her season has started out. The weather hindered her play early on, but she seemed to recover nicely to go sub-100.
“It was kind of cold at the beginning, but the ground was really hard,” she said.
Her goal for the rest of the year, she said, was “to keep competing against myself and to just get better as a golfer myself throughout the season.”
Allison Falco took 23rd (111), Ashlee Jensen placed 31st (116) and Emily Alexander
finished 38th (133).

For the Jaguars, senior Margret Pilkington took the reins as she finished eighth overall with a 94 score. Overall, she was very happy with her day, noting that she beat her personal best by five strokes.
The course, however, didn’t help her out much at the beginning.
“The front nine, the course was pretty hard, but after a couple holes the sun came out, and it was really nice. It softened up.”
She hopes she can build on her success as the season progresses.
“I’m really excited about it because every season in the past, I’ve cut about 10 strokes off, so I’m really excited, and I hope that will be the case this year,” Pilkington said.
As for the rest of the team, Ellie Boraks hit a 115 (23rd), Emily Carver shot 119 (26th), Samantha Flinchpaugh earned a 125 (28th) and Campbell Stack placed 34th with 132.
Carver, who has been sick in recent weeks, said she was happy with her score, but the course started to wear her out after a while.
“It’s not the hardest I’ve played, but it’s definitely challenging,” she said. “It teaches me stamina, for sure.”