The number of Aurora girls golfers in the Class 5A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at City Park G.C. in Denver unexpectedly grew to double digits.
Eight players — teammates from Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Regis Jesuit — made the state tournament cuts at their respective regional tournaments if the first week of June, but Cherokee Trail senior Abigail Rupeka and Grandview junior Emma Hildner had no such certainty.
Both finished as alternates at their respective regional tournaments, then were added to the state field when players in front of them dropped out. Rupeka and Hildner will play together in a three-some that goes off Tee No. 10 at 10:09 a.m.
The new additions mean that the Cougars and Wolves now have players enough to post a team score at the state tournament. Cherokee Trail’s other two qualifiers are sophomore Bead Boonta and junior Devin Gilbreath, while the Wolves also have freshman Caroline Ryan and sophomore Courtney Ladymon in the mix.
Boonta and Ryan play together in the 9:51 a.m. group off Tee No. 10, followed by the 10 a.m. group that includes Gilbreath and Ladymon.
Eaglecrest and Regis Jesuit also have a pair of teammates in the field, with senior Emma Bryant and sophomore Savanna Becker representing the Raptors and senior Emaan Adil and sophomore Caitlin Neumann playing for the Raiders.
Bryant (who tees off at 8:30 a.m.on Tee No. 1) and Adil (who starts at 8:39 a.m. on Tee No. 10) each make their third career state tournament appearances after losing last season to the coronavirus pandemic, while their teammates each make their state debuts.
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