Final putt caps comeback in regional golf

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Daniel Williams
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LITTLETON — Some of Class 5A’s best golfers swung through Raccoon Creek Golf Course for what turned out to be a dramatic finish at regionals Saturday.

5A Jeffco dominated the tournament but the best was saved for last as Columbine’s Jaylee Tait erased a three-shot deficit over the final six holes for a comeback victory over Dakota Ridge’s Sydney Merchant.

Tait made her final putt and then cheered as a crowd applauded her 74 score comeback win.

“I knew if I stayed focused and kept playing smart golf that I would have a chance to win,” Tait said.

Merchant finished with a 77. But Jeffco golfers dominated the day on the challenging Raccoon Creek course.

Arvada West’s Ali Peper qualified for the state tournament with her 87, which was good enough for a fourth-place finish.

Pomona’s Zarena Brown finished tied for fifth at 88 with Ralston Valley’s Ashlyn Kirschner.

After a forgettable front nine, Kirschner turned it on the back nine and shot a 39, which catapulted her up the

leaderboard.

“I am definitely proud of the way we golfed today. There are so many great players out here that you have to keep fighting, and I think we did that today,” Ralston Valley coach David Butler said.

5A Jeffco accounted for all top six shooters at the regional. A complete list will be posted online as it comes available.

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