Rampart duo make most of qualifying for state girls' golf

Photo - Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

BOULDER - Rampart's Alex Hill and Lily Noteboom spent long hours in the offseason working on things like putt speed and chipping out of the bunker.

Reaching high school golf's pinnacle was in the details for the Rams' duo.

On a warm final day at Boulder Country Club, junior Hill finished the state tournament at 38-over-par 182 while senior Noteboom penciled in a 65-over as they finished Tuesday tied for 46th and 80th, respectively.

It was the first time Rampart qualified more than one golfer to the state tournament since 2011. And that comes after the program lost its coach, Brad Keating, and the area's best 5A golfer, Arielle Keating, who moved to Florida to spend more time on the course.

"They both stepped up a lot," coach Jen Morris said. "They both led the program in more ways than one, and I think their leadership will pass down through the rest (of the team)."

For Hill and Noteboom, though, qualifying for their first state tournament certainly will be marveled over more than how they scored once they got there.

Hill shot an 88 on the final day while the senior carded a 110. Neither were too excited about it.

"I am a little disappointed with the score because they're a lot higher than I'd like them to be," Noteboom said. "But the course was really challenging and long, so that definitely had a huge impact on how I played it."

The journey was more memorable.

The two said they tirelessly worked to improve over the offseason, spending weekends, mornings and afternoons perfecting the small things of their game at Pine Creek Golf Club. Crediting their drive to reach state, and a mild winter, the two stayed motivated - and all the time spent eventually paid off in state qualification.

"We practiced together and just grew together," Hill said. "Finessing the small things and just improving on those little things. . We had fun."

Eaglecrest's Emma Bryant won the individual title, posting a 2-under-par 70 on the final day to finish the tournament 1-under for a seven-stroke victory.

Following suit of her brother Davis, who won the boys' golf title in the fall, the bright-eyed freshman rolled in five birdies over her first nine holes and was 5-under on the day heading into the back nine. She said afterward that she listened to her big brother's advice heading into the day.

"He said if you try your best and don't win there's nothing you can do about it," Bryant said. "I definitely tried my absolute hardest today."

The freshman certainly made her mark.

"That's very impressive," Morris said.

Palmer was the only other area team with two qualifiers in the tournament. Charlotte Cliatt finished tied with Hill at 38-over and Lily Bauer was at 51-over. Elsewhere, Doherty's Kat Kachel finished 41-over and Fountain-Fort Carson's Jordan Johnson was 69-over.

Cherry Creek won its 11th title as a team.

3A tournament

At Elmwood Golf Course: The Classical Academy placed a program-best seventh with a score of 299. The Titans were led by Kenzie Fontana who shot an 88 on Day 2. Anna Connell shot 100 and Jules De Leon finished the tournament scoring 111 on the final day. Colorado Academy was team champion in Pueblo.