Rock Canyon senior Amelia Lee sounded a lot like a spokesperson for all the girls who qualified to play in the state golf tournament.
"The state tournament is the last tournament of the year so …
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"The state tournament is the last tournament of the year so everyone wants to do well," she said. "I look forward to it. I want everybody to try to do their best. It takes practice to do well - and a lot of teamwork."
The Class 5A state tournament will be held May 22-23 at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden. Class 4A golfers will tee it up the same days at Colorado National Golf Course in Erie while the first Class 3A tourney is set for The Broadlands in Broomfield on May 22-23.
Seven area teams finished either first or second in their regional tournaments and automatically qualified four-player teams. The next 13 individuals not on the first- or second-place teams also advanced to the state tournaments.
Ralston Valley was crowned the champion of the Class 5A Western regional played May 8 at Fox Hollow while Cherry Creek won the Central regional at City Park. Holy Family captured the 3A Region 3 championship played at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor.
Three girls were individual regional champions.
Ralston Valley senior Jordan Remley was the 5A Western Regional medalist with a 2-over-par 74 at Fox Hollow with Lee finishing as the runner-up with a 77. Highlands Ranch senior Jenna Chun won the 5A Southern Regional with a 6-over-par 76 at Meadow Hills.
Hailey Schalk, a freshman at Holy Family, fashioned a 2-under-par 70 to win the Class 3A Region 3 tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor.
In the two-round state tournaments, the three best scores of four golfers are tallied in the team standings.
"You have a little bit of extra pressure in the state tournament," said Ralston Valley coach Wendy Davis. "I think we are ready. It is nice because if you do have not-such-a-great round, you do have a second day. If you do have a great first round, you have that second day where you have to prove yourself again.
"We're fortunate where we have our one and two and a lot of times our three and four golfers are interchangeable. So we do rely on three and four and both of them to come through for the team."
Ralston Valley is one of the 5A team favorites along with defending champion Grandview, Fossil Ridge, Monarch, Cherry Creek and Rock Canyon.
"It's a two-day tournament so you have to play well for two days," said Rock Canyon coach Dave Vahling. "A team like Ralston Valley is deep. They have four girls."
Ralston Valley could have an advantage playing at The Club at Rolling Hills since all four golfers play at Rolling Hills and two are club members.
However, Rolling Hills is offering the 84 high school golfers who qualified for the 5A state tournament three-day club memberships so they can practice for free.
Other area qualifiers
Area qualifiers that will be in the girls state golf tournaments on May 22-23. The Class 5A tournament will be at The Club at Rolling Hills, the 4A event will be staged at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie and the 3A tourney at The Broadlands in Broomfield.
Arapahoe: Ella Chism, Beth Lebar, Courtney Packer, Christine Attai.
Arvada West: Regan Robinson, Miranda Schiffbauer, Kalya Wahl, Leigh Robinson.
Castle View: Cassandra McCord, Lindsay Taylor.
Chaparral: Katie Malcom, Danielle Miller.
Cherry Creek: Stephanie Bang, Kaylynn Xia, Hannah Fey, Payton Canon
D'Evelyn: Samantha Bakes.
Douglas County: Amanda Robert, Lily Hanson.
Elizabeth: McKenna Eddy, Abby Vogl, Ashley Gercsynski, Britt Vogl.
Green Mountain: Carly Trimbach.
Golden: Sydney Prey, Makena Prey, Haley Prey.
Heritage: Gabby Esquibel, Hattie Poole.
Highlands Ranch: Jenna Chun, Izzy Ruiz, Claire Hendee, Haena Kim.
Holy Family: Hailey Schalk, Megan Vogt, Heather Stauter, Annika Achziger.
Jefferson Academy: Trinity Stuart, Maya Gordon, Emily Grantham.
Lakewood: Chloe Weigum, Lauren Ramsey.
Legacy: Izzy Hebert.
Legend: Ashley Wallace, Melia Buckton, Maddy Dunkle.
Littleton: Maria Schanhals.
Lutheran: Becca Day.
Ponderosa: Halle Holmes, Bailey Mendicino.
Ralston Valley: Jordan Remley, Sydney Eye, Lexi Muelender, Riley McKibbon.
Rock Canyon: Amelia Lee, Ashley Kozlowski, Brandy McClain, Brooklyn Murphy.
Thornton: Amanda Westrick.
ThunderRidge: Taylor Tucker, Lauren Tucker, Ashleigh Pate.
Valor Christian: Sam Schoenborn, Izzy Marchino, Morgan Hamler, Alex Benschneider
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