Central intends to make impact in state tourney
Although the Central High School girls golf team was within one stroke of qualifying its entire team for the Class 5A state championships, the Warriors will still pose a challenge at the tournament today and Tuesday.
The two-day, 36-hole state championships tee off at 8:30 this morning at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins.
Central lost its regional tournament in a playoff to Skyline. Three Warriors qualified individually — junior Loren Forney and seniors Angela Marquez and Jazmin Lee. All three will factor into Central’s three-player team score over the two days.
Forney, who’s been Central’s low scorer for most of the season, has made the jump from 4A to 5A this year. She qualified the past two seasons for the 4A state tournament from Rifle.
Competing in the larger classification doesn’t change her outlook, however.
“I played with all these (5A) girls during the summer, so it’s no surprise,” said Forney.
Besides, more so than any other prep sport, it’s the golfer vs. the venue rather than against an opponent.
This marks Marquez’s third trip to the 5A state tournament.
“This time it’s bigger because it’s my last chance,” said Marquez, who’s been working on developing a more consistent putting stroke since the regional tournament.
Lee is capping off her high school career with her first state tournament appearance. She made a quantum leap in her game from last season to this season.
“I never really practiced outside of high school golf,” she said, something she remedied last summer.
Lee’s putting has been her strong suit of late. She needed only 29 putts for her round of 88 at the regional tournament (93 was the cutoff score).
“I love fast greens,” Lee said.
That’s good, because the greens at Collindale are expected to be cut short to pose a challenge to the state competitors.
Earning individual qualification this week was Grand Junction sophomore Jordan Tufly, who had a solid round of 82 at regionals. She’s making her first appearance at state.
Glenwood Springs won the team title at the Western Region tournament in Montrose a week and a half ago. Delta qualified three golfers individually — Dessa Markley, Carisa Schreckengos and Desiree Decker.
Also earning individual qualifications were Kendra Collette of Palisade, Arly Landry of Gunnison, Heather Nicholson of Moffat County and Darby Jones of Montrose.
The 4A state tournament is today and Tuesday at Patty Jewett Golf Course in Colorado Springs, the site of the 5A state championships two years ago.