Girls Golf: Vista PEAK tied for third as a team after opening round of 4A state tournament

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ERIE | With a mix of veterans and a state newcomer, the Vista PEAK girls golf team got off to a strong start in the opening round of the Class 4A girls state golf tournament Monday.

Playing in the 4A state tournament as team for a second straight season, the Bison handled the Colorado National Golf Club well enough to get themselves into a tie for third place going into Tuesday’s final round, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

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Coach Michael Dougherty, who is stepping down as head coach at the end of the season, could go out in style with a trophy as Vista PEAK is just four strokes out of second place. Loveland is the runaway leader at plus-17, with Windsor currently in second at plus-35 and the Bison (who finished seventh last season) at plus-39.

Junior Kyree Conaway is also in line for the best individual finish in program history as she sits alone in sixth place after shooting an opening round 80. Conaway — who tied for 32nd at last season’s state meet, the program’s previous best finish — made her lone birdie of the day on Hole No. 18 to make the turn at plus-1, but four straight bogeys on the backside pushed her seven strokes off the pace set by Loveland’s Lauren Lehigh.

Freshman Kylie Severin played well in her first state round with an 87 that puts her in a tie for 17th, while senior Sam Chaney finished just one stroke behind Severin in a tie for 20th at 88. Chaney is on pace to easily better her 48th-place finish last season and 51st-place result in 2015.

Junior Olivia Lopez rounds out Vista PEAK’s state contingent and shot 109.

Lopez will be first to tee off for the Bison on Tuesday, as she will tee off on Hole No. 10 at 9:15 a.m. along with Liberty’s Aubrey Montreal and Pueblo West’s Acacia Nettles.

Vista PEAK will be able to keep an eye on the Windsor team it is chasing as Chaney, Severin and Conaway all are paired with the Wizards.

Chaney goes off Tee No. 1 at 9:33 a.m. alongside Windsor’s Jayden Muro and Evergreen’s Natalie Holley, with Severin next at 9:42 a.m. with Windsor’s Kinsey Smith and Coronado’s Kate Griffin.

Conaway’s group at 10:18 a.m. includes Windsor’s Jessica Zapf and Loveland’s Aili Bundy, the two players directly in front of her in the individual standings. Zapf is ahead of Conaway by three and Bundy by two.

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

2017 CLASS 4A GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT

First round, May 22 at Colorado National G.C.

Team scores (par 216): 1. Loveland 233; 2. Windsor 251; T3. VISTA PEAK 255; T3. Golden 255; 5. Glenwood Springs 260; 6. Northridge 275; 7. Evergreen 276; 8. Pine Creek 278; 9. Palmer Ridge 287; 10. Valor Christian 289; 11. Coronado 293; 12. Montrose 295; 13. Cheyenne Mountain 296; 14. Liberty 307; 15. Air Academy 313; 16. Pueblo West 329; 17. Ponderosa 334; 18. Frederick 339

Top 10 individuals (par 72): 1. Lauren Lehigh (Loveland) 73; T2. Lauren Murphy (Glenwood Springs) 75; T2. Sydney Prey (Golden) 75; 4. Jessica Zapf (Windsor) 77; 5. Aili Bundy (Loveland) 78; 6. KYREE CONAWAY (VISTA PEAK) 80; 7. Kellsey Sample (Palmer Ridge) 81; T8. Alyson Shuman (Palisade) 82; T8. Hannah Doran (Loveland) 82; 10. Casey Fetters (Cheyenne Mountain) 83

Vista PEAK individuals (par 72): 6. Kyree Conaway 80; T17. Kylie Severin 87; T20. Sam Chaney 88; 60. Olivia Lopez 109