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4A girls golf: Defending state champ leads after 1st round at RVR

Jon Mitchell
Jefferson Academy's Jennifer Kupcho chips onto the 15th green during the first round of the Class 4A State Championships on Monday at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. Kupcho, the defending state champion, holds a three-shot lead over Cheyenne Mountain's Kylee Sullivan.
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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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