GJ’s Summers qualifies for state golf

Grand Junction High School girls golf coach Clay Tufly said it was a rough day for Tigers, who struggled with small mental errors.

Despite that, Bailey Summers qualified for the Class 5A girls state golf tournament and Grand Junction finished sixth Monday at the Southern Regional at the Colorado Springs Country Club.

The Class 5A state tournament begins May 19 at the Raccoon Creek Golf Club in Littleton.

Summers shot a 90, good enough for 11th place.

“She played very well,” Tufly said of Summers. “Her driver was working well for her and she was keeping the ball in play.”

Hannah Starritt shot a 98, Shafer Rubalcaba a 99 and Ryann Tufly a 100.

“We’re all a little disappointed I think because we all had a couple shots we’d like back,” Tufly said. “I think everyone, even Bailey, had a few shots like that today.”

Arapahoe’s Hannah Wood won the regional at even-par 70. Monarch’s Delaney Ellicott finished second with a 71 and Columbine’s Jaylee Tait and Highland Ranch’s Samantha Barker shot a 72 before a six-stroke drop-off to fifth place.

Arapahoe won the team title in the regional, topping Highlands Ranch by one stroke.

Fruita Monument finished sixth at the Class 5A Western Regional at the Meadow Links in Lakewood, beating ThunderRidge by three strokes.

Katie Rice led Fruita Monument, shooting a 92 and finishing 19th. Megan Volkmann finished tied for 21st with a 94 and Ryanne Buck finished 23rd with a 98. Megan Hunter shot a 102.

Arvada West’s Ali Peper won the regional, shooting a 78. Denver East’s Claire Stridivant and Sarah Hunt finished tied for second at 80.

Fossil Ridge, which won the team title at the regional, was led by Mary Luckasen, Katie Larson and Kenzi Hunter, who finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.

Denver East finished second, two strokes behind Fossil Ridge.

Central had one of the tougher regional draws, facing juggernauts like Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek, but the Warriors finished fifth at the Central Regional at Broken Tee in Englewood.

Sammie Medina finished 17th, shooting a 93 in a tight round with 11th through 17th were separated by only five strokes.

Taylor Head shot a 97, Meagan Bricker a 99 and Brooke Heidt a 104.

Regis Jesuit won the regional and Cherry Creek finished six strokes back. The Raiders placed all four of their golfers in the top 10.

Regis Jesuit’s Sydney Gillespie won the regional title, shooting a 71, with Cherry Creek’s Calli Ringsby second at 73.

Dakota Ridge golfers Sydney Merchant and Gillian Vance finished third and fourth, respectively. Regis Jesuit’s Mary Weinstein finished fifth and Raiders’ golfer Jaclyn Murray was sixth.


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