Girls Golf: Vista PEAK wraps up EMAC championship at Fitzsimons

Vista PEAK junior Kyree Conaway tees off on Hole No. 11 at Fitzsimons Golf Course during the second EMAC major girls golf tournament on April 25, 2017. Conaway helped the Bison claim the EMAC team title by a comfortable 28 strokes as she shot a team-best 87 and finished third in the final league individual standings. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | New league, same end result for the Vista PEAK girls golf team.

The Bison departed the Colorado 7 after winning the league championship for two years in a row and made a splash in their debut season in the East Metro Athletic Conference with another league title.

Vista PEAK shot a plus-52 265 in the second and final EMAC major Tuesday at Fitzsimons Golf Course, a score that tied Thornton for best on the day, but secured a 28-stroke victory over Northglenn in the final league tally.

From left, Vista PEAK’s Olivia Lopez, Melissa Cooke, Kyree Conaway, coach Michael Dougherty, Kylie Severin and Sam Chaney pose with the EMAC girls golf championship trophy they won with their performance at the second league major tournament on April 25, 2017, at Fitzsimons G.C. (Photo courtesy Michael Dougherty)

Coach Michael Dougherty’s Bison came into the tournament with a 21-shot edge over the Norse after the opening major at Legacy Ridge Golf Club April 12 and actually built on the lead, even though four of their five players shot higher scores the second time.

Junior Kyree Conaway had a stroke lead in the individual title chase, but slipped to third in the final standings after a second round score of plus-17 88.

Conaway secured first team all-league honors with her performance as top six finisher, as did two of her teammates in freshman Kylie Severin — who shot rounds of 87 and 88 to place fourth — and senior Sam Chaney, whose two-round total of 181 put her sixth.

Olivia Lopez and Melissa Cooke — who shot eight strokes better in the second major tournament and provided the third score for the Bison with a 90 — finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

While the 5A teams in the league had their destinations for regionals on May 8 determined by the league standings, Vista PEAK is set to host the 4A Region 4 tournament May 5 at its home course, Murphy Creek Golf Course. Conaway, Chaney and Lopez aim to make the state tournament for a second straight season.

Next-best among Aurora teams in the final EMAC standings came Rangeview, which saw a 14-stroke improvement in its second round score and ended up sixth.

The Raiders were led in the second major by Alexis Drummond with a score of 109, which added to her score of 113 in the opening major put her three strokes behind Hoa Dao (rounds of 110 and 111) for team-high honors. Fifth among the 5A teams in the EMAC, Rangeview heads to the Northern Regional at Aurora Hills G.C., which also includes Gateway, the host team for that regional.

The Olys finished eighth overall and seventh among 5A teams, but was swapped with Aurora Central, which now will play in the Southern Regional at Meadow Hills G.C.

Hinkley takes the No. 8 slot from the league to the Central Regional at City Park G.C.

A full look at where EMAC teams will play regionals, here.

Individually, Thornton’s Amanda Westrick claimed EMAC Player of the Year honors with a 78 in the second round — a 10-stroke improvement over her first round — which gave her a seven-stroke cushion over Northglenn’s Leia Vadeen, who had trailed Conaway by a stroke after the first major.

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


Team scores: 1. VISTA PEAK 262-265 — 527; 2. Northglenn 283-272 — 555; 3. Thornton 291-265 — 556; 4. Brighton 325-290 — 615; 5. Prairie View 337-289 — 626; 6. RANGEVIEW 342-328 — 670; 7. Westminster 381-322 — 703; 8. GATEWAY 384-336 — 720; 9. HINKLEY 406-371 — 777; AURORA CENTRAL NS-367, Adams City 435-NS

All-EMAC first team (places 1-6): 1. Amanda Westrick (Thornton) 88-78 — 164; 2. Leia Vadeen (Northglenn) 86-85 — 171; 3. KYREE CONAWAY (VISTA PEAK) 85-87 — 172; 4. KYLIE SEVERIN (VISTA PEAK) 87-88 — 175; 5. Katelyn Gabler (Thornton) 90-87 — 177; 6. SAM CHANEY (VISTA PEAK) 90-91 — 181

All-EMAC second team (places 7-11): 7. OLIVIA LOPEZ (VISTA PEAK) 91-92 — 183; 8. MELISSA COOKE (VISTA PEAK) 98-90 — 188; 9. Leticia Delgado (Northglenn) 99-91 — 190; 10. Trista Skinner (Prairie View), 99-93 — 192; 11. Victoria Quintana (Northglenn) 98-96 — 194