BOULDER | Every time the Centennial League got together for a tournament this season, the competition was fierce and it certainly carried over to the Class 5A girls state golf tournament.

Coach Mary Danielson’s Grandview team chased Cherry Creek throughout league play all season before they finished second and while the Wolves closed the gap significantly over two days of play at Boulder Country Club, wound up as 5A runners-up to the Bruins.

Grandview shot two strokes better in Tuesday’s final round than in the opening round, but Cherry Creek improved by eight to win by two. With Eaglecrest freshman Emma Bryant winning the individual title and Wolves’ junior Morgan Ryan taking second, the Centennial League made a clean sweep at the top.

“We played behind Creek all year and it couldn’t have been any closer at the end,” said Danielson, whose team has finished in the top three in the 5A standings for the past three years, including a state championship in 2016.

“Last year, we were short and got third, so taking home hardware is a good thing.”

Bryant went on a tear on the front nine of the final round to put significant distance between herself and the field, but below her, it fluctuated wildly down the stretch.

Ryan turned in the second-lowest score of the entire tournament in the first round with her 1-over-par 73, which earned her runner-up status when everything was said and done.

Ryan, who was surprised herself by her final spot, posted the lead score for Grandview with a round that saw her shoot 1-under on the front nine — buoyed by back-to-back birdies on No. 7 & No. 8 — and add another birdie on No. 15, which helped her immediately bounce back from her only double bogey.

“Yesterday I came back from a rough start, so that was good,” said Ryan, who shot 77 in her opening round. “Going into today I knew I could do it. I definitely wasn’t expecting how I did, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end.”

Junior Amy Chitkoksoong — the 2017 5A state champion — turned in her third career top-eight performance with an eighth-place finish after rounds of 75 and 78. She finished one spot and one shot in front of Highlands Ranch’s Jenna Chun, who she bested in a playoff to win last season’s state title.

Chitkoksoong called the final round a “long day,” but one where everybody on the team dug in for the collective good.

“I’m just blessed to be able to play on such an amazing team; we gave it our all on both days and we ended the way we did,” she said.

Senior Caitlin O’Donnell and junior Sydney Szarka shot 88 and 89, respectively, in the final round for the Wolves. Szarka’s final round was an 11-stroke improvement over her opening round.

Playing in her second state tournament, Regis Jesuit sophomore Katie Berrian had the lead after the opening day after she shot a 1-over 70, which put her in the final group along with Bryant and Fairview’s Kelsey Webster.

Berrian’s opening round included four birdies, but she got just one in the second round on her way to an 82. She dug in and made par on each of her final two holes to finish in a five-way tie for third place.

The Raiders — who had a one-stroke lead over Grandview after the first round — ended up in fourth place overall behind Cherry Creek, Grandview and Fossil Ridge.

Coach Melissa Martin’s Raiders played without a senior at the state tournament as Berrian’s fellow sophomore, Skylar Cain, tied for 30th with rounds of 83 and 88. Freshman Emaan Adil and junior Sarah McDevitt finished 40th and 64th, respectively, in their state debuts.

Cherokee Trail junior Brooke Kramer sustained the momentum she built in the later stages of the season — highlighted by the Western Regional championship — with an 11th-place finish.

Kramer finished the front nine of her final round at 2-under and though she lost a few shots, still sat 1-over for the round until she took a nine on the par-5 18th hole that gave her a plus-5 77 for the day and dropped her just outside the top 10

The Cougars’ other state qualifier, sophomore Gabriella Ello, shot rounds of 87 and 88.

Smoky Hill junior Amisha Singh played in the state tournament for the third time and finished just one spot shy of her all-time highest finish of 13th accomplished as a freshman in 2016.

Singh followed up an 83 with a 78 that put her in a tie for 14th.

Overland junior Sasha Parker made her state debut and finished in 59th place in the 82-player field after she shot rounds of 95 and 93.

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


Team scores: 1. Cherry Creek 243-235 — 478; 2. GRANDVIEW 241-239 — 480; 3. Fossil Ridge 249-245 — 494; 4. REGIS JESUIT 240-262 — 502; 5. Ralston Valley 254-252 — 506; 6. Rock Canyon 253-254 — 507; 7. Highlands Ranch 251-257 — 508; 8. Arvada West 252-260 — 512; 9. ThunderRidge 255-259 — 514; 10. Broomfield 258-264 — 522; 11. Columbine 261-268 — 529; 12. Denver East 264-273 — 537; 13. Arapahoe 271-267 — 538; 14. Legend 278-278 — 556; 15. EAGLECREST 284-294 — 578

Top 10 individuals (par 72-72 — 144): 1. EMMA BRYANT (EAGLECREST) 73-70 — 143; 2. MORGAN RYAN (GRANDVIEW) 77-73 — 150; T3. KATIE BERRIAN (REGIS JESUIT) 70-82 — 152; T3. Leigha Devine (Fossil Ridge) 78-74 — 152; T3. Payton Canon (Cherry Creek) 75-77 — 152; T3. Meghan Vogt (Broomfield) 75-77 — 152; T3. Kelsey Webster (Fairview) 71-81 — 152; 8. AMY CHITKOKSOONG (GRANDVIEW) 75-78 — 153; 9. Jenna Chun (Highlands Ranch) 75-79 — 154; 10. Brandy McClain (Rock Canyon) 77-78 — 155

Other Aurora results: 11. Brooke Kramer (Cherokee Trail) 80-77 — 157; T14. Amisha Singh (Smoky Hill) 83-78 — 161; T30. Skylar Cain (Regis Jesuit) 83-88 — 171; 37. Gabriella Ello (Cherokee Trail) 87-88 — 175; 38. Caitlin O’Donnell (Grandview) 89-88 — 177; 40. Emaan Adil (Regis Jesuit) 87-92 — 179; 59. Sasha Parker (Overland) 95-93 — 188; T60. Sydney Szarka (Grandview) 100-89 — 189; T64. Sarah McDevitt (Regis Jesuit) 93-98 — 191; 67. Julia Shaver (Eaglecrest) 94-98 — 192; 84. Rian Nelson (Eaglecrest) 117-126 — 243

Full story on Eaglecrest’s Emma Bryant winning 5A state title, here

Full 5A state tournament team scores & individual results, here