Montrose finishes second in 4A state tourney
COLORADO SPRINGS — Montrose High School took another monumental step in its girls golf history Tuesday, finishing second to Cheyenne Mountain in the Class 4A state tournament at The Country Club of Colorado.
One day after shooting 267 as a team, the Indians recorded an aggregate 268 on Tuesday, good for a 535. But the Indians couldn’t control Cheyenne Mountain, which improved by 20 shots in the second round to defend its 4A title on its home course.
“We’re learning how to compete on the biggest stage,” eighth-year Montrose girls golf coach Jim Scarry said. “It’s a learning process. We’ve progressed to where it once was a goal just to get a team to state, then to compete at state. Some day, we want to be the best in the state.”
Three years ago, Montrose made its maiden team journey and finished eighth. The Indians progressed from fifth in 2012 to a third-place showing last year in Englewood.
On Tuesday, Montrose accepted the second-place trophy.
“It’s crazy to see the amount of progress this team and program has made in a short time,” Indians senior Chelsea Peterson said. “We’re getting better every year.”
Senior Jordan Cherry paced Montrose with a 10-over-par 82, and earned all-state honors by finishing in a sixth-place tie at 169.
Mikayla McKie, a junior making her state debut, carded consecutive 90s to place 31st in the 83-golfer field.
“Mikalya played like a rock,” Scarry said. “You never would have known it was her first time at state.”
Despite a 96 from Peterson, her late recovery may have secured second place for the Indians over Colorado Academy, which finished only two strokes behind Montrose.
Peterson, who had a quadruple-bogey on No. 15, settled down to finish bogey-par-bogey.
“It felt good to finish strong on the last couple of holes,” Peterson said. “I definitely could have put up a better number, but it was important to finish strong.”
Next year, the 4A state tournament moves to the Western Slope, and Scarry hopes Cobble Creek Golf Course can catch the eye of the Colorado High School Activities Association and host the 2015 event.
“We would love to host at Cobble,” Scarry said. “Montrose has become a respected girls golf program across the state. We just have to keep fighting and competing, and maybe we’ll get that top prize someday. I’m just happy with how the girls competed here.”
Jefferson Academy’s Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title with a 2-over-par 146, shooting rounds of 72 and 74. Valor Christian’s Andrea Ballou was second at 160.
Montrose’s fourth player, junior Brooke Brennecke, shot 192 for the two days and placed 47th. One stroke and one place behind her was Rifle senior Alyx Carter.
Palisade freshman Aly Shuman tied for 63rd, improving six strokes on the second day to card a 214.
Central senior Sammi Medina finished with the best place among the five local girls golfers in the Class 5A state meet at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.
Medina shot a 102 on Tuesday to finish the two-day tournament with 190 strokes, tied for 59th in the 84-player field.
Grand Junction sophomore Bailey Summers shot a 102 Tuesday and tied for 69th place with 202 strokes.
Central senior Taylor Head carded a 106 in the second round to finish 72nd with 205 strokes.
Fruita Monument senior Megan Volkmann finished 76th with 209 strokes, and teammate Katie Rice, a junior, was 81st with a 215.
Regis Jesuit won the team title with 485 strokes, three better than runner-up Rock Canyon.
Rock Canyon senior Michelle Romano won a one-hole playoff against Arapahoe senior Hannah Wood to win the individual state title. The two were tied at 153 strokes after 18 holes. Three players tied for third, one stroke behind them. Returning state champ Calli Ringsby of Cherry Creek shot a 157 and tied for seventh.