Rampart golfer Arielle Keating ties for 6th in final Colorado high school event

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Photo - Rampart's Arielle Keating drives on the par-4 first hole in Tuesday's final day of the 2017 Class 5A state girls' golf tourney at Golden at the Club at Rolling Hills.
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Rampart's Arielle Keating drives on the par-4 first hole in Tuesday's final day of the 2017 Class 5A state girls' golf tourney at Golden at the Club at Rolling Hills. COURTESY PHOTO

GOLDEN -- Rampart junior Arielle Keating was disappointed that her Colorado high school career did not end as a state 5A girls' golf champion.

But she took some satisfaction in bouncing back from a nine on the par-4 hole No. 6 that knocked her out of contention for the title at the 36-hole tournament that concluded Tuesday at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden.

Keating would shoot an 80 to finish in a tie for sixth (157 strokes) with Cherry Creek's Payton Canon and three strokes out of first in her final tournament representing the Rams.

"I only ended having one birdie all day, which is really what killed me," Keating said. "I had plenty of chances but just couldn't hit them. It's pretty disappointing as you can imagine."

The Florida Atlantic commit and her family, including father and Rams coach Brad Keating, are moving to Florida so the Colorado Springs Metro League champion may play year-round in preparation for college and enter FAU as an in-state student.

"It's the best family situation," she said. "It's something we have wanted to do for a while. My (older) sister is going to college (in Florida) there and it's a great golf state."

The other area qualifier, Palmer sophomore Charlotte Cliatt, rebounded from her first-day 96 with a 93 for her second round.

"I think three strokes was a reasonable goal," she said. "I am happy with what I did today."

Highlands Ranch's Jenna Chun went 1-under (71) in her final round to force a playoff with Grandview's Amy Chitkoksoong (154), who prevailed on the third playoff hole. The team title was claimed by Ralston Valley (474).