Final putt caps comeback in regional golf


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


“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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