Spring snow cuts state championships to one round.
The second, final round of the 3A, 4A and 5A Colorado State Girls’ Golf Championships was supposed to take place Tuesday, May 21. But thanks to a heavy snow falling over most of the state, the event wound up solely consisting of the 18 holes players had completed Monday.
The unusual scenario didn’t produce any unexpected results, however.
Two previous champions triumphed in the 5A and 4A events, and a two-time runner-up finally broke through to win the 3A in her final high-school competition.
5A State Championship
In the 5A held at Timnath’s Harmony Club, Loveland High School senior Lauren Lehigh carded a 2-under 70 to win the event for the second time in three years. The future University of New Mexico Lobo and current Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado Girls Player of the Year edged Broomfield’s Meghan Vogt by a shot—the same margin by which Lehigh lost last year’s event to Cheyenne Mountain’s Maxine Choi.
One stroke also kept Loveland from winning this year’s team competition, as Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins) took the title 225-226. The Sabercats boys’ team also won the 5A title last fall.
4A State Championship
To nobody’s surprise, Holy Family junior Hailey Schalk captured her third state high-school title, tying a record held by Cherry Creek’s Lynn Ann Moretto and Mullen’s Ashley Tait. She shot an even-par 72 at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor—the only course on which she’s ever lost a high school competition.
Schalk dominated the event, winning by six strokes. She has verbally committed to playing for the University of Colorado.
The Windsor Wizards, playing on familiar turf, won the team competition handily, outpacing the Cougars of Niwot by 20 strokes.
3A State Championship
At Eagle Ranch Golf Course in Eagle, Caroline Jordaan of Colorado Academy finally got to hold the individual winner’s trophy after two second places (last year and in 2016) and a third in 2017. Her 1-under-par 71 was five shots better than Kent Denver’s Charlotte Hillary.
The future University of Denver player led Colorado Academy to a team title every year she played. The string of four wins puts the school’s total at six, five behind the all-time girls’ high-school leader, Cherry Creek.
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