Ft. Morgan golfer takes 4A crown
ARVADA – Regina Rodriguez of Fort Morgan won the State 4A Girls Golf Tournament on Tuesday, finishing two strokes under defending champion Ashley Tait of Mullen.
Tait and teammates Kelly Burke, who finished sixth, and Michelle Woodruff, 16th, combined for a tournament-best team score of 500 for the school’s third straight state title.
Eagle Valley was second at 529 and Pueblo South was third at 535.
Eagle Valley’s Erin Sterkel was the top finisher from the Western Slope, finishing fifth with a two-day total of 163. Aspen’s Kristin Walla finished tied for seventh with 165.
Glenwood Springs’ Jacy Reynolds, the first state qualifier for the Demons since the creation of the girls team six years ago, posted a 100-97-197 for 40th place. Rifle’s Jenny Hughes ended tied for 42nd at 97-103-200.
Rodriguez shot a 7-over-par 79 in the second round at West Woods Golf Club and finished with a two-day total of 154.
Tait was three better Tuesday, shooting a 4-over 76, but after shooting 80 in Monday’s bad weather finished at 156.
Cierra Ko of Harrison and Sarah Ruybalid of Pueblo South tied for third at 160. Ko shot a 75 on Tuesday, best of the field.
Rodriguez got off to a shaky start on the second day, with double bogies on Nos. 2 and 3, but she turned her game around with a 25-foot putt to save par on No. 4.
“That boosted my attitude a lot,” said Rodriguez, a senior who will golf at the University of Colorado next fall. “After that, I just figured the only way I was going to win was if I kept it in the middle and kept it in play, and that was my plan.”
Rodriguez hit 13 pars and no birdies on Tuesday. Tait had a chance to tie with an eagle on No. 18 but parred instead. Rodriguez sank a 1-foot putt for par on the 18th.
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