Girls Golf: Grandview vaults into Centennial League lead by five strokes with one tournament left

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Grandview sophomore Amy Chitkoksoong watches her tee shot fly on Hole No. 12 at Fitzsimons Golf Course during a Centennial League girls golf tournament on April 26, 2017. Chitkoksoong shot a 6-over-par 77 to finish a stroke behind teammate Sharae Lewis at the top of the leaderboard as the Wolves won by six strokes. Grandview leads the Centennial League standings going into the league finale May 3. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The depth of the Grandview girls golf team is beginning to show itself at the right time of the season.

Bolstered by the performance of senior Sharae Lewis, the Wolves posted a six-stroke victory over Cherry Creek Wednesday at Fitzsimons Golf Course, which vaulted them into the league lead with one tournament remaining.

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Grandview senior Sharae Lewis had low honors at the Centennial League tournament at Fitzsimons G.C. on April 26, 2017, with a 5-over-par 76. She helped the Wolves win by five strokes as a team. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Lewis carded a season-best score of 76 on the par-71 course to finish a stroke ahead of sophomore teammate Amy Chitkoksoong for top honors as Grandview finished with a team score of a plus-34 318 to finish in front of the Bruins, who came in at 324. Coach Mary Danielson’s Grandview team — the defending league champ — came into the tournament behind Cherry Creek by a stroke.

Junior Caitlin O’Donnell posted a seventh-place finish with an 80 to help the Wolves make their rise.

The Centennial League finale — rescheduled due to weather — is set for 1 p.m. May 13 at Meadow Hills Golf Course.

Paced by eight-over Brooke Kramer’s 79, Cherokee Trail finished fourth, while Eaglecrest came in sixth. Overland and Smoky Hill — which was missing sophomore standout Amisha Singh due to illness — didn’t have enough players to post a team score.

Lewis’ previous best in a Centennial League 18-hole tournament was an 83, but she bettered that significantly with a round that included two birdies, including one on the par-5 Hole No. 18 that ended up as the difference.

Chitkoksoong — the individual league leader — made the turn at plus-2, only to run into trouble on the first five holes of the back nine, where she saw her score rise by five strokes. An eagle on the par-5 Hole No. 15 helped her turn it around.

Kramer’s best 18-hole league score of 79, which tied her for fifth individually, saw her record a pair of birdies to somewhat offset two double-bogies.

No matter what the result of the final tournament, Cherokee Trail is firmly entrenched in the No. 4 spot in the Centennial League standings behind Grandview, Cherry Creek and Arapahoe.

Julia Shaver’s 90 led Eaglecrest, which will finish in the No. 6 spot.

The final league standings are used to determine which of the May 8 5A regional tournaments for each team.

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

CENTENNIAL LEAGUE GIRLS GOLF MEET NO. 5

April 26 at Fitzsimons Golf Course

Team scores (par 284): 1. GRANDVIEW 318; 2. Cherry Creek 324; 3. Arapahoe 350; 4. CHEROKEE TRAIL 385; 5. Mullen 423; 6. EAGLECREST 428; OVERLAND and SMOKY HILL no score

Top 10 individuals (par 71): 1. SHARAE LEWIS (GRANDVIEW) 76; 2. AMY CHITKOKSOONG (GRANDVIEW) 77; T3. Christine Attain (Arapahoe) 78; T3. Kaylynn Xia (Cherry Creek) 78; T5. BROOKE KRAMER (CHEROKEE TRAIL) 79; T5. Payton Canon (Cherry Creek) 79; 7. CAITLIN O’DONNELL (GRANDVIEW) 80; 8. Courtney Packer (Arapahoe) 81; 9. Hannah Fey (Cherry Creek) 83; 10. Esther Ahn (Cherry Creek) 84

Aurora team-by-team results (in order of finish)

Grandview (318): Sharae Lewis 76, Amy Chitkoksoong 77, Caitlin O’Donnell 80, Morgan Ryan 85, Sydney Szarka 88; Cherokee Trail (385): Brooke Kramer 79, Gabrielle Ello 91, Alix Mees 92, Madisen Martinez 96, Selindria Begay 100; Eaglecrest (428): Julia Shaver 90, Kamryn Crouthers 102, Mikayla Conaway 112, Maddie Zimmerman 124; Smoky Hill (NS): Ayanna Hwang 102

Other team-by-team results (in order of finish)

Cherry Creek (324): Kaylynn Xia 78, Payton Canon 79, Hannah Fey 83, Esther Ahn 84, Lexi Ringsby 88; Arapahoe (350): Christine Attai 78, Courtney Packer 81, Ally Foust 87, Beth Lebar 90, Samantha Packer 91; Mullen (423): Meghan Witt 96, Morgan Gross 103, Paige Sowitch 108, Morgan Wills 116