Forney places seventh in 5A state tourney
AURORA — Loren Forney took a deep breath, eyed her parents and let the tears flow.
“I didn’t realize they were there crying,” the Central High School senior said. “I was on the green doing my thing, and once my mom started crying I was like, ‘Oh shoot, it’s my last state (tournament).’
“It’s tough, but it’s a new beginning.”
After the family hug behind the 18th green, Forney couldn’t have been happier.
With an 11-over-par 157, Forney placed seventh at the Class 5A golf state tournament Tuesday at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora. She carded pars on her final six holes.
“Everything went smoothly,” Forney said. “I’m proud of what I shot today. I stayed in it.”
Overland’s Lee Somin won the individual state crown. She finished her final round 2 over and shot even par for the tournament.
With a combined 480, Arapahoe claimed the team championship. Cherry Creek (494) was runner-up and Skyline (500) was third.
Central’s Brittany Hoppe carded a 191 for the tournament and tied for 51st place.
Grand Junction’s Jordan Fellhauer bounced back with an 86 in her final round Tuesday, and finished in a tie for 36th. Teammate Jordan Tufly tied for 70th.
Fruita Monument’s Tymerie Ho withdrew from the tournament Tuesday, eliminating the Wildcats from the team standings.
The Wildcats’ Summer Igo carded an 88 in the second round and tied for 38th. Jessica Sinner shot an 81 the final round to tie for 19th.
“I played pretty well,” Sinner said. “It was a big difference from yesterday to today. It was a big change.”
Sinner finished eight holes Monday before play was suspended because of high winds. Like all golfers, she continued her first round at 6:50 a.m., and then had a few hours off before her final 18 holes.
She didn’t mind the mid-morning break.
“It helped a lot,” said Sinner, who posted two birdies in the final round. “I was able to kind of warm up this morning and forget about the other round. I was able to start fresh, so it was easier.”
Easy might describe Forney’s final round of high school golf.
Before the play was suspended Monday, Forney had completed five holes. But she was glad for the extra-long day of golf Tuesday.
“That wind was horrific,” Forney said. “There was no way Tiger Woods could have even played in that. If the wind wasn’t hard, I probably would have shot lower.”
With pleasant conditions, Forney opened the final round on the front nine and carded two birdies before making the turn. Her 75 over the final 18 holes tied with four others for the best score of the round.
“It was great. I was so excited,” Forney said. “There was a little wind, but it was a breeze. That made a big difference.”
Forney is off to Portland State this fall, but she won’t forget the tears, excitement and memories of her final state tournament.
“I do what I do,” Forney said. “I feel great about my round and finishing strong.”