4A girls golf: Defending state champ leads after 1st round at RVR
CARBONDALE — Jennifer Kupcho doesn’t let a couple of tough holes, or a near miss, bother her for very long.
That was more than apparent on Monday for the defending state champion from Jefferson Academy, who rebounded from a tough hole, followed by a near miss, to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Class 4A State Championships at River Valley Ranch Golf Club.
“I fought back a lot today,” Kupcho said. “I had two doubles and a bogey and a lot of birdies. I was just trying to play the best I could after all the trouble I was getting into.”
Kupcho finished the day at 2-under 70, three strokes ahead of the 73 carded by Cheyenne Mountain’s Kylee Sullivan. In third place is Silver Creek’s Erin Sargent, who got off to a blazing start before finishing her round at 74.
Kupcho, who was barely challenged on her way to winning medalist honors last year, was unfazed by her double bogeys on holes 3 and 8. In fact, she seemed to excel every time she faced some kind of adversity.
After a double-bogey on the Par 3 third hole, Kupcho rebounded by carding birdies on three of the next four holes. She then made par on each of the next two holes after her double on No. 8 and, after her eight-foot putt for par lipped out in the 15th hole, she followed with birdies on 16 and 17.
“I got unlucky on the chip and left it just a bit short of where it needed to be,” she said. “So I went for it figuring that if I didn’t make it, I’d just birdie the next hole, and I did.”
Sargent began her round very solid — shooting 3 under for the first five holes — before shooting 5 over for the final 13 holes of the first round. Sullivan was consistent throughout her round, never going below par but also never going higher than 2 over.
Cheyenne Mountain leads the team standings with a score of 251, with Colorado Academy (256) and Valor Christian (262) following.
Tournament play is scheduled to continue at 8:30 this morning, with final tee-off times coming at 10:27 a.m. today. Weather and course conditions will likely be a factor since weather forecasts on Monday night were calling for rain showers throughout the day today.
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