Girls golf teams from south metro schools did well at the Class 5A state tournament held June 21-22 at City Park Golf Course but none did well enough to catch Loveland. Loveland, led by medalist …
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Girls golf teams from south metro schools did well at the Class 5A state tournament held June 21-22 at City Park Golf Course but none did well enough to catch Loveland.
Loveland, led by medalist Katelyn Lehigh, captured the state title by a whopping 25 strokes with 450 points.
Rock Canyon was the runner-up at 475 while Cherry Creek came in third at 492. Valor Christian was fourth. Legend and Arapahoe tied for fifth place. Mountain Vista was seventh and Chaparral eighth.
Lehigh tied a course record with a 4-under-par 66 on June 22, the final day of the tournament. She joined her sister Lauren, who now plays at the University of New Mexico, as a state champion. Lauren won Colorado state high school titles in 2017 and 2018.
Katelyn, a junior, had six birdies and two bogeys on her final-day scorecard to go along with an opening-round 72 on the 5,732-yard course.
“I’m really happy we got the win as a team,” said Katelyn. “I’m happy. I played well today.”
Rock Canyon was led by senior Grace Dunkleberger who finished 10th with a 156 total after a final-round 81. Other Jaguar golfers were junior Amira Badruddin, sophomore Gisella Lagrimas and senior Olivia Salvatore.
“They girls worked extremely hard throughout the season to reach their golf potential, and it paid off with a second-place finish,” said Rock Canyon coach Ron Saul. “Loveland was clearly the best team this year and it showed with a fabulous performance the last two days. We tip our cap to them, they deserved the win.
“Grace Dunkleberger finished in the top 10 for the second time and will be missed tremendously. Badruddin was steady as a rock and will be back next year as our captain. Lagrimas is just a sophomore and should be near the top of the leaderboard the next two years. Salvatore worked really hard to improve her game and achieved her goal of playing in the championship. The future of Rock Canyon girls golf is very bright.”
Valor Christian senior Grace Young was the best individual finisher among the south metro golfers. Young carded a 73 on June 22 and wound up fifth on the individual leader board with a 149 two-day total. She had three birdies and six bogeys in her final round to go along with a 76 on the first day.
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