GOLDEN | The opening day of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at The Club at Rolling Hills proved difficult for the whole field Monday.
On a day in which none of the 84 players shot under par, Aurora qualifiers — the majority of which played together in several city-heavy threesomes — find themselves in difficult position on the leaderboard.
Defending 5A state champion Grandview faces a long road on the second day of the tournament if it hopes for a repeat, as coach Mary Danielson’s team sits in seventh place after one round, 20 strokes off the pace set by leader Rock Canyon.
The Wolves pulled back eight strokes in the final round to beat Regis Jesuit last season, but now has six teams to leapfrog.
Grandview sophomore Amy Chitkoksoong and Regis Jesuit senior Jaclyn Murray both finished in the top 10 individually last season and sit in position to do the same this season, as they are tied for fifth and ninth, respectively, after one round.
Paired together, Chitkoksoong carded a 6-over-par 78 and Murray shot a 9-over 81.
Chitkoksoong finished 1-over on the front side and then made birdie on Hole No. 10 to get to even, but double bogeyed two of the final eight holes. She finished with three birdies on the day.
In her fourth state tournament, Murray opened with consecutive bogeyes and finished the opening nine holes at plus 4 and saw her score rise to plus-10 after 17 holes. She made her lone birdie of the day on the par-5 Hole No. 18 to remain in the top 10 and lead the way for Regis Jesuit, which had three first-time state qualifiers and sits 10th.
Katie Berrian shot 89 and fellow freshman Skylar Cain added a 98 for the Raiders, while sophomore Eliannah Angel-Lucero made her state debut with a 117.
Smoky Hill sophomore Amisha Singh opened her round on Hole No. 10 with a birdie and sat plus-7 through 13 holes, but particularly rough stretch in holes 5-7 when her score rose by six strokes. She made par on her last two holes to stay within four shots of the top 10.
Grandview’s other two scoring rounds came from two holdover from last season’s title winner in junior Caitlin O’Donnell (88) and sophomore Morgan Ryan (94).
Cherokee Trail is in 14th place in the team standings with freshman Gabriella Ello leading the way with 94. Teammates Brooke Kramer and Alix Mees shot 95 and 100, respectively.
The Eaglecrest duo of Julia Shaver and Kamryn Crouthers made their state debuts and finished at 105 and 128, respectively.
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2017 CLASS 5A GIRLS GOLF STATE TOURNAMENT
First round, May 22 at The Club at Rolling Hills
Team scores (par 216): 1. Rock Canyon 240; 2. Ralston Valley 245; 3. Arvada West 250; 4. Cherry Creek 255; 5. Fossil Ridge 256; 6. Denver East 259; 7. GRANDVIEW 260; 8. Monarch 262; 9. Highlands Ranch 265; 10. REGIS JESUIT 268; 11. Arapahoe 271; 12. Legend 283; 13. ThunderRidge 286; 14. CHEROKEE TRAIL 289
Top 10 individuals (par 72): 1. Amelia Lee (Rock Canyon) 75; T2. Julia Baroth (Denver East) 76; T2. Payton Canon (Cherry Creek) 76; 4. Arielle Keating (Rampart) 77; T5. AMY CHITKOKSOONG (GRANDVIEW) 78; T5. Carly Gallant (Monarch) 78; T7. Alexis Chan (Rock Canyon) 86; T7. Reagan Robinson (Arvada West) 86; T9. JACLYN MURRAY (REGIS JESUIT) 81; T9. Lexi Mueldener (Ralston Valley) 81
Aurora individuals (par 72): T5. Amy Chitkoksoong (Grandview) 78; T9. Jaclyn Murray (Regis Jesuit) 81; T19. Amisha Singh (Smoky Hill) 85; 29. Caitlin O’Donnell (Grandview) 88; T30. Katie Berrian (Regis Jesuit) 89; T49. Gabriella Ello (Cherokee Trail) 94; T49. Morgan Ryan (Grandview) 94; T54. Brooke Kramer (Cherokee Trail) 95; 62. Sharae Lewis (Grandview) 97; T63. Skylar Cain (Regis Jesuit) 98; 67. Alix Mees (Cherokee Trail) 100; 74. Julia Shaver (Eaglecrest) 105; 82. Eliannah Angel-Lucero (Regis Jesuit) 117; 84. Kamryn Crouthers (Eaglecrest) 128