Gazette Preps girls' golf 2018 preview capsules

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Photo - The 4A Girls State Golf was held at Colorado National Golf Course on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Erie, Colorado. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.
The 4A Girls State Golf was held at Colorado National Golf Course on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Erie, Colorado. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.

5A CSML

Doherty

Coach: Brett Courter, first year

Last year: Did not qualify a team or any players for the state tournament

Returning athletes: Paige Well, sr.; Allyson Wolfe, jr.; Carlee Redd, jr.

Outlook: "We want to build enthusiasm about the game of golf and create confidence in the lives of our players throughout the season as their new coach," coach Brett Courter said.

 

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Brent Bloyd, fifth season

Last year: Did not qualify a team or any players for the state tournament

Returning athletes: Lizzy Himes, sr.; Jordan Johnson, jr.; Teandra Omans, jr.

Outlook: "It's exciting to have the opportunity to share the game of golf with some tremendous young ladies," coach Brent Bloyd said.

Notes: Himes, Johnson and Omans all are returning two-year letter-winners. Omans' status this season is in jeopardy due to a knee injury.

 

Palmer

Coach: Chris Rego, second season

Last year: Did not qualify a team but Charlotte Cliatt did earn a spot as an individual.

Returning athletes: Charlotte Cliatt, jr.; Tatum Shrive, so.

Outlook: "We have some returning golfers as well as some new golfers with great potential," coach Chris Rego said. "Our league is wide open this year, so seeing how we will stack up will be exciting."

Notes: Cliatt, Palmer's No. 1 golfer last season, reached the state tournament for a second time in 2017.

 

Rampart

Coach: Jen Morris, first season

Last year: Rampart won the league title and Arielle Keating qualified for state as an individual and placed in a sixth-place tie in the overall standings.

Returning athletes: Lily Noteboom, sr.; Ashlyn Wilmot, sr.; Sarah Altala-Nevarez, sr.; Julia Garcia, jr.; Alex Hill, jr.; Bekah Gilman, jr.; Courtney Thompson, so.; Abbie Flynn, jr.

Outlook: "Overall, the girls did well last season," first-year Rams coach Jen Morris said. "I am looking forward to growing their abilities in the game and watching them grow as a team."

Notes: Morris replaced longtime coach Brad Keating, who relocated to South Florida in order for his daughter, Arielle, to get in one year of playing at sea level before starting her college career at Florida Atlantic.

4A CSML

Coronado

Coach: Kelly Hodge, 20th season

Last year: Placed third at regional but qualified three individuals for the state tournament, where the Cougars placed 14th in the final standings. Kate Griffin was the top individual with a 20th-place finish.

Returning athletes: Madi Eurich, sr.; Anika Hagen, jr.; Kate Griffin, so.

Outlook: "The possibility of returning golfers leading ninth- and 10th-graders to state excites me the most," Cougars coach Kelly Hodge said.

Notes: Griffin is a three-sport athlete (cross country, basketball and tennis) at Colorado Springs School who took up a fourth last year by playing golf with the team at Coronado. CSS does not offer girls' golf.

 

Mesa Ridge

Coach: Monte Fetters, sixth season

Last year: Did not qualify a team or any players for the state tournament

Returning athletes: Layne Reed, jr.; LeAnne Sage, sr.; Isabella Goodman, sr.

Outlook: Only a handful of shots kept Sage, Reed and Goodman from qualifying for the 4A state tournament last spring, and an extra year of experience could make the difference this time.

4A PIKES PEAK

Air Academy

Coach: Jim Cole, third season

Last year: Was runner-up in the team standings at regional tournament and later placed 15th as a team at state.

Returning athletes: Isabell Deak, sr.; Paige Langum, sr.; Taylor Martinez, sr.; Maddie Mossman, so.

Outlook: "We're returning four all-conference golfers," coach Jim Cole said. "From our most experienced golfers to our beginning golfers, this is a great group of kids who enjoy the game of golf and competing."

Notes: Deak, the defending region champion after a 6-over-par 78 last May 9 at Eisenhower Golf Course (Silver Course), recently was awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full, four-year housing and tuition scholarship.

 

Falcon

Coach: Amber Villani, eighth season.

Last year: Jessica Yost qualified for the 4A state tournament as an individual.

Returning athletes: Olivia Eldredge, jr.; Kassie Goff, jr.; Regan Smith, jr.; Jenna Petrohoy, jr.; MacKenzie Rodgers, so.

Outlook: "I'm very excited about the season," Falcons coach Amber Villani said. "All the girls are returning with experience. Our goal is to improve throughout the season and grow as a team."

3A TRI-PEAKS

St. Mary's

Coach: Grady Castle, third season

Last year: Did not qualify a team or any players for the state tournament

Returning athletes: None.

Outlook: "St. Mary's girls' golf is building a new program with all freshmen eager to follow in the committed and talented footsteps of previous years," coach Grady Castle said. "We're building a team with brand new faces."

 

The Classical Academy

Coach: Bob Gravelle (seventh season)

Last year: Defended 4A Metro League title and had three individuals quality for 3A state tournament.

Returning athletes: Kenzie Fontana, jr.; Anna Connell, sr.; Caitlin Solano, sr.; Eleni McClure, sr.; Paige Walker, sr.; Jules DeLeon, jr.; Addy Dorny, jr.

Outlook: "We have all seven returning from last year," Titans coach Bob Gravelle said. "We should compete very well at regionals and field another team for state."

Notes: Fontana, who placed 12th at last spring's 3A state tournament, also stars on the Rampart lacrosse team. She's not the only multi-dimensional player on the team. Connell had the lead in the school's fall musical and McClure has competed at a high level in speech and debate.

Note: Schools not listed did not report