Girls Golf: Rangeview’s Julia Kim wins EMAC title, Raiders finish second

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Rangeview senior Julia Kim, right, shot a 1-over-par 73 in the second EMAC girls golf major tournament of the season on April 22, 2014, at Hyland Hills G.C. to win the league’s individual title by two strokes. She’ll aim for a third straight trip to the Class 5A girls state golf tournament when she plays in the Central Regional on May 5 at Broken Tee G.C. (File photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

WESTMINSTER | Rangeview senior Julia Kim saved her best round for last at the second East Metro Athletic Conference girls golf tournament of the season.

Trailing Brighton’s Reagan Ritchey by three shots after the first of two major tournaments at Buffalo Run G.C., Kim fired a 1-over par 73 to rally past Ritchey for a two-stroke victory in the chase for the EMAC individual championship.

Kim — who will try to qualify for the Class 5A girls state golf tournament for the third year in a row — finished with a two-round total of 155, while Ritchey finished at 157. Well behind the top duo was third-place finisher Maclay Bruce of Prairie View, who finished at 181.

The 73 shattered the previous school record of 82, also held by Kim, who finished her round with three birdies and four bogies. Otherwise, she was a “par machine” according to coach Rob Schurich.

Rangeview senior Danae Bushman shot a 100 in her second EMAC major to finish in sixth place individually with a total of 199, one stroke behind Katie Morey of Thornton.

The performances helped Schurich’s Raiders — the EMAC South division champions — make up 18 of the 24-stroke deficit it had coming into the tournament against Prairie View, which shot a sparking 268 in the first major tournament and held on for a six-stroke win. The Raiders passed Brighton, which it trailed by four strokes, to finish second in the league standings.

With the new format in Class 5A girls golf regionals, Rangeview’s finish puts it into the field of the Class 5A Central Regional, scheduled to be played on May 5 at Broken Tee G.C.

Aurora’s three other teams finished sixth (Gateway), seventh (Aurora Central) and eighth (Hinkley) in the final 10 team league standings and also determined their regional destinations.

The Olys will join Rangeview in the Central Regional, while the Trojans ended up in the Northern Regional — scheduled for May 7 at Highland Meadows — and the Thunderbirds took a spot in the Western Regional, a tournament slated for May 5 at Fox Hollow G.C.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2014 EAST METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GIRLS GOLF

Final team standings: 1. Prairie View (268-307) — 575; 2. RANGEVIEW (292-289) — 581; 3. Brighton (288-319) — 607; 4. Thornton (317-325) — 642; 5. Northglenn (344-342) — 686; 6. GATEWAY (382-370) — 752; 7. AURORA CENTRAL (395-416) — 811; 8. HINKLEY (411-406) — 817; 9. Westminster (NS-418) — 418; 10. Adams City (NS-425) — 425

Top 10 individual standings: 1. JULIA KIM (RANGEVIEW) 82-73 — 155; 2. Reagan Ritchey (Brighton) 79-78 — 157; 3. Maclay Bruce (Prairie View) 84-97 — 181; 4. Sirena Maynes (Prairie View) 90-102 — 192; 5. Katie Morey (Thornton) 100-98 — 198; 6. DANAE BUSHMAN (RANGEVIEW) 99-100 — 199; 7. Amber Tedesco (Prairie View) 94-108 — 202; 8. Audry Kobi (Brighton) 104-101 — 205; 9. Leia Vadeen (Northglenn) 106-100 — 206; 10. Trista Skinner (Prairie View) 102-111 — 213