Girls Golf: Vista PEAK pair makes debut at 4A state tournament


CARBONDALE | Sam Chaney and Kylee Shepard hold a special distinction at Vista PEAK Prep, as the pair are the first two girls golfers ever to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament.

Chaney, a sophomore, and junior Shepard teed off their special opening round at picturesque River Valley Ranch Monday and got to see what it was like to play with the best in the state.

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While they won’t be in contention for a state championship when Tuesday’s second round begins at 8:30 a.m. — weather permitting — there were some positives for coach Mike Dougherty’s young Bison.

Chaney made par on three holes in her front nine, but found the back nine considerably tougher as she finished at plus-27 99. She’ll see that back nine first thing in the second round, as she is scheduled to tee off on Hole No. 10 at 8:57 a.m. Tuesday.

Shepard recorded a birdie on par-4 Hole No. 4 to highlight her round, which she finished at plus-37 109. The junior’s tee time for Tuesday is 10:09 a.m. on Hole No. 10.

Cheyenne Mountain held a five-stroke lead over Colorado Academy in 4A state team chase, while Jefferson Academy star Jennifer Kupcho carried a three-stroke advantage over Cheyenne Mountain’s Kylee Sullivan into the final round.

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


Team and individual scores via

Team scores (through first round, par 216): 1. Cheyenne Mountain 251; 2. Colorado Academy 256; 3. Valor Christian 262; 4. Northridge 270; 5. D’Evelyn 275; 6. Pueblo West 285; 7. Montrose 293

Top 10 individuals (par 72): 1. Jennifer Kupcho (Jefferson Academy) 70; 2. Kylee Sullivan (Cheyenne Mountain) 73; 3. Erin Sargent (Silver Creek) 74; 4. Hannah More (Mullen) 78; 5. Lauren Murphy (Glenwood Springs) 79; T6. Colleen Casey (Estes Park) 80; T6. Kiselya Plewe (Dolores) 80; T6. Lauren Cruz (Northridge) 80; T9. Kellsey Sample (Palmer Ridge) 81; T9. Kelsey McKenna (Air Academy) 81; T9. Tori Goodman (Falcon) 81

Aurora individual results

Vista PEAK (NS): Sam Chaney 99, Kylee Shepard 109