Rock Canyon, Cherry Creek eye state titles after regionals

Arapahoe, Legend, Mountain Vista and Chaparral qualify four-player teams

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/15/21

Regional qualifying tournaments provide an early look at what to expect at the girls state golf championships. And, Rock Canyon, Cherry Creek, Valor Christian and Loveland appear to be title …

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Rock Canyon, Cherry Creek eye state titles after regionals

Arapahoe, Legend, Mountain Vista and Chaparral qualify four-player teams

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Regional qualifying tournaments provide an early look at what to expect at the girls state golf championships.

And, Rock Canyon, Cherry Creek, Valor Christian and Loveland appear to be title contenders after winning regional titles.

Each of the four Class 5A regional tournaments had two full teams qualify for the state tournaments and 13 individuals not on the two top regional teams also advanced to the state tournament which will be held June 21-22 the City Park Golf Course.

Arapahoe, Legend, Mountain Vista and Chaparral will take full, four-player teams to state after being regional runners-ups.

Rock Canyon captured the Central regional title in the tourney which was contested June 7 at City Park. The Jaguars finished with a 231 team total while Arapahoe was second at 241.

Sloane Post of Arapahoe was the Central medalist with a par 72. She sank three birdies on the final seven holes of her round.

Three Jaguar players, Gisella Lagrimas, Amira Badruddin and Grace Dunkleberger, all came in with scores of 77 while Olivia Salvatore, the fourth Rock Canyon player, had a season-best 90.

“The girls are improving in every meet,” said Rock Canyon coach Dave Vahling. “We are catching up a little bit after we had a lot of snowouts and rainouts. I think we’ve a top five team in the state.”

Dunkleberger is looking forward to returning to City Park.

“For our team a state, we can shoot a lot better,” she said.

Cherry Creek, the 2019 state champs, was first in the Southern regional played June 8 at Broken Tee Golf Course and the Bruins’ Rachel Penzenstadler was the medalist with a 1-over-par 73.

All four Creek players finished in the Top 10 as the Bruins won their fourth straight regional title with a team score of 236.

Other members of the team were second place finisher Marielle Gojo (79), Alyssa Chin (84) and Aerin Pak (87).

Legend was second (251) in the Southern regional while Castle View was third (277).

There were only two player to break 80 on an warm afternoon with 20 mile per hour winds.

“We prepared extremely well for this tournament and we really understood where to put the ball off the tee,” said Creek coach Randy Smith. “Our prep really paid off as the conditions were as difficult as summer conditions could be as the heat and wind really took a toll on all the players.

“Rachel played extremely solid and as we like to say on the team, she played very boring. She put the ball in good positions and constantly hit a lot of greens and made putts when it counted. As tough as the conditions were, she made it look easy.”

Valor Christian senior Grace Young had five birdies and an eagle in her round of 4-under-par 70 to grab medalist honors at the Western Regional which was held June 10 at Indian Tree Golf Course.

The Eagles, with Jessie Scholte (77), Carmen Carpinelli (87) and Juliana Carpinelli (110) joining Young, had a 234 team score while Mountain Vista was second at 241.

Loveland won the Northern Regional tourney which was held June 7 at Coyote Creek Golf Course. Mountain Vista was second in the team standings but 32 strokes behind Loveland.

Katelyn Lehigh, a junior at Loveland, came in with three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to take medalist honors with a 5-under-par 66.

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