Steady, consistent, unflappable were terms that could define the play of Cherry Creek’s Payton Canon this season on the golf course.
Coach Randy Smith came up with another description for his senior golfer.
“She was a rock,” said Smith. “She was the reason we were in the position we were in. Talk about a Most Valuable Player.”
Canon, who won three Centennial League meets and fashioned a round of 68 at Aurora Hills, tied for third place in the individual standings at the Class 5A state meet held May 21-22 at the Boulder Country Club.
She was the lone senior on the team and leader for the Bruins who captured the team championship.
Canon has been named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Golfer of the Year.
“Before the state tournament, I just wanted to win,” said Canon. “If players were down, I wanted to pick them up. It was up to me to stay upbeat. We had a lot of potential.
“I thought I played well this season. I had my career low round.”
Canon carded rounds of 75 and 77 for a 152 36-hole total at the state tournament. Her steady second round helped the Bruins rally past first-day leader Regis Jesuit and second-place Grandview to win the state title by two shots over the Wolves.
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