Pine Creek, Palmer girls' golf put forth strong showings, but Rampart takes Terror Invitational

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Elly Carlson shot her best round of golf and her Pine Creek teammates enjoyed one of their best rounds of the season.

It wasn't quite good enough to overtake Arielle Keating and Rampart, as Keating shot a 3-under-par 71 at Patty Jewett Golf Course to lead the Rams to a team title at the Terror Invitational and to the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League crown on Wednesday.

"Our team has really worked hard," Rampart coach Brad Keating said. "Our administration has been giving us the tools needed. And we just have a great group of girls that have fun. Once you start having fun, then your team gets better."

Carlson's goal coming into the season was to break 80. She did that Wednesday, shooting a 3-over-77 for second place. Air Academy's Isabell Deak was third with an 82.

Pine Creek took second as a team, five strokes behind the Rams, who won all five league meets.

"I knew the consistency in my score - birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, a couple pars," said Carlson, who also had a personal-best six birdies. "It just felt consistent and felt natural to score that low."

The Rams shot 255, Pine Creek 260, Coronado 267, Air Academy 272 and host Palmer 276.

Seeing the Eagles just a few strokes back of Rampart had co-coach Shelley Lockwood feeling good about Pine Creek's performance with regionals less than two weeks away.

"Each tournament you've seen improvement from each player," Lockwood said. "They've set some team goals, they've set some individual goals, and they're reaching them. I think we'll be ready for regionals."

Through 13 holes, Arielle Keating was hovering at 1-over. Her putting was off - no help came for any of the golfers from the recently plugged greens - and she was in danger of not winning her friendly wager with her dad and coach Brad that encourages her to shoot under par.

Then came hole No. 14, a par-4, 304 yards away. The ball settled pin high, just off the green. She two-putted for birdie to get back to even.

She called to her father several times before heading to No. 15, making sure he was aware that the friendly wager might again be tilting her way.

"My first putt wasn't well at all, then I made the longer putt," said Arielle Keating, who shot 4-under over the last five holes. "Then I was like, 'Hey, (Dad), you might owe me.'"

Led by Lily Bauer, who finished with an 83 for fourth place, it was a day to remember for the host Terrors. Every player shot a personal best in relation to par, leading to the Terrors' top team score for the season.

"We've been looking forward to this all year," first-year coach Chris Rego said. "We're comfortable at this course. It was really exciting to play our best golf here today."

With regionals around the corner, the Terrors are hoping to carry some momentum.

"For them all to come away with their best scores today, make some birdies out there for the first time, it gives us some good direction," Rego said.