Coronado senior Madi Eurich closes prep golf career at state with teammates, without phone

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Photo - Coronado's Madi Eurich tees off on the back nine during the CHSAA 4A State Girls Golf Championship at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Photo by Kelsey Brunner, The Gazette)
Coronado's Madi Eurich tees off on the back nine during the CHSAA 4A State Girls Golf Championship at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Photo by Kelsey Brunner, The Gazette)

A good night’s sleep looked like an iffy proposition for Coronado High School senior Madi Eurich following her final round of prep golf Tuesday at the Class 4A state championship at Country Club of Colorado despite the Cougars accomplishing their preseason goal of getting the team to state for the first time.

Eurich wasn’t exactly thrilled with her two-day total of 192, as the final 12 holes gave her trouble both days. To top it off, she misplaced her phone during her final round. That’s a lot on the mind the night before Eurich is set to graduate with her 2018 classmates Wednesday.

“Tonight without a phone would’ve been really stressful,” Eurich said. “I couldn’t have slept, you know, without my phone, worrying where it is out here.”

Thankfully, a post-round search of her car produced the missing device.

“It’s a big relief,” Eurich said.

Another big relief came last week when the Cougars won their regional tournament to earn the team’s first trip to state.

“A great ending to a really good season,” coach Kelly Hodge said.

The Cougars not only made state but rounded out the top five with a team score of 582, beating Air Academy in a tiebreaker to earn the top team finish from the Colorado Springs area.

“Barely,” interjected Kadet golfer Taylor Martinez who put her team allegiances aside to assist in Eurich’s phone search.

Isabell Deak led the Kadets with a 173, good for eighth place in the individual ranks.

Windsor took the team title at 515, while Cheyenne Mountain senior Maxine Choi took individual honors with a 158.

The Cougars were led by Kate Griffin, who turned in a 183. Eurich was No. 2 followed by Anika Hagen (207) and Hannah Burgess (215).

Eurich is the Coronado’s only senior, and the hope is the 2018 trip to state is just the start for the returners.

“It played long, and they rolled fast, so for the three that are left, this was huge for them for experience,” Hodge said.

The Cougars aren’t the only ones hoping for bigger and better in the future. Eurich was just the second Coronado golfer to earn a scholarship to play in college. She’ll head to Minnesota next year to play at St. Cloud State, assuming she gets some sleep and her Coronado diploma first.

“It’s really exciting,” Eurich said. “I think that’s why I’m not as stressed about the scores here today because I have the next four years to make up for it, and I’m really excited.”

While her final tournament wasn’t perfect, Eurich played a big role in elevating the Cougar program, making state as an individual her first three seasons before being joined by her teammates in 2018.

“Oh my gosh, she’s the backbone of this program. I got a little teary on the last hole, watching her putt,” said Hodge, who’s coached Eurich since she was 10.

“I’m really proud of her. I know she’s going to be lights out in college.”