Girls Golf: Grandview earns team spot in 5A state tournament out of Southern Regional

on Thursday March 17, 2016 at Family Sports Center. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Senior Morgan Sahm shot a 6-over-par 78 to lead Grandview to second place at the Class 5A Southern Regional on May 9, 2016, at Colorado Springs Country Club. The Wolves secured the second automatic team qualifying spot for the May 23-24 5A state tournament at CommonGround Golf Course. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

COLORADO SPRINGS | The Grandview girls golf team’s hopes of winning a Class 5A state championship remain intact as the Wolves qualified as a team for the 5A state tournament Monday.

Led by senior Morgan Sahm, who shot a six-over-par 78 to finish in a tie for second individually at Colorado Springs Country Club, Grandview finished as the runner-up behind Ralston Valley at the 5A Southern Regional.

Coach Mary Danielson’s Centennial League champion Wolves also got an 81 from freshman Amy Chitkoksoong, plus an 86 from freshman Morgan Ryan and an 88 from sophomore Caitlin O’Donnell to finish a comfortable nine strokes in front of Legacy for the second automatic team qualifying spot.

Eaglecrest finished 10th among 12 scoring teams, while Rangeview was one of two teams without enough finishers to record a team score.

Sahm — who earned her fourth career trip to state — opened the regional with a birdie on the par-5 first hole and completed the front nine at plus-2. She sat 4-over through 14 holes before back-to-back bogeys pushed her to the plus-6 that left her tied with Legacy’s Jennifer Hankins for second, five strokes behind medalist Jordan Remley of Ralston Valley.

Chitkoksoong, the Centennial League individual champion, couldn’t come up with a single birdie during her regional round, which included a double bogey on the par-3 Hole No. 4 and bogeys on seven other holes.

Julia Shaver led Eaglecrest with a 107, while Emily Leday’s 128 paced Rangeview.

Aurora’s contingent for the May 23-24 5A state tournament at CommonGround Golf Course includes a team from two-time defending state champion Regis Jesuit (which won the Central Region)  in addition to Smoky Hill freshman Amisha Singh.

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


May 9 at Colorado Springs Country Club

Team scores (par 216): 1. Ralston Valley 239; 2. GRANDVIEW 245; 3. Legacy 254; 4. Highlands Ranch 255; 5. Mountain Vista 266; 6. Pine Creek 280; 7. Fruita Monument 287, 8. Liberty 309; 9. Boulder 351; 10. EAGLECREST 354; 11. Brighton 363; 12. Chatfield 414; RANGEVIEW, Westminster NS

Top 17 individuals (par 72): 1. Jordan Remley (Ralston Valley) 73; T2. MORGAN SAHM (GRANDVIEW) 78; T2. Jennifer Hankins (Legeacy) 78; 4. Jenna Chun (Highlands Ranch) 79; 5. AMY CHITKOKSOONG (GRANDVIEW) 81; T6. Riley McKibbon (Ralston Valley) 82; T6. Andrea Hoos (Legacy) 82; 8. Tabitha Diehl (Mountain Vista) 83; 9. Lexi Mueldener (Ralston Valley) 84; 10. Izzy Ruiz (Highlands Ranch) 85; T11. MORGAN RYAN (GRANDVIEW) 86; T11. Elly Carlson (Pine Creek) 86; 13. Grace Linderman (Mountain Vista) 87; T14. CAITLIN O’DONNELL (GRANDVIEW) 88; T14. Sydney Eye (Ralston Valley) 88; T16. Hannah Thornburg (Fruita Monumen) 91; T16. Sloane Cape (Highlands Ranch) 91

Aurora team results

Grandview (245): Morgan Sahm 78, Amy Chitkoksoong 81, Morgan Ryan 86, Caitlin O’Donnell 88; Eaglecrest (354): Julia Shaver 107, Kamryn Crouthers 113, Mikayla Conaway 134, Lauren Avery 174; Rangeview (NS): Emily Leday 128, Chasey Leitz 146