Golden, D’Evelyn compete at state

Daniel Williams

SHERIDAN — D’Evelyn sophomore Emilee Strausburg was 4A Jeffco’s top performer at the 2013 Girls Golf CHSAA State Championship Monday and Tuesday at Broken Tee Golf Course.

The consistent Strausburg finished 13th overall in the state shooting rounds 84 and 86 for a 170 total.

“She is just different than most other golfers. She really doesn’t take it too seriously and just enjoys it,” D’Evelyn coach Jon McVey said. “And she is really good.

Montrose’s Kala Keltz took home the state title producing rounds of 70 and 76. While second, third and fourth places could have gone in either direction, Keltz was clearly the class of the tournament.

“It feels amazing,” Keltz said. “It was pretty windy but I putted really well today.”

Golden had three girls qualify for the state tournament.

Megan Vernon, Rachel Joha and Karli Denk all represented the Demons at Broken Tee.

Vernon finished 28th overall shooting 91 and 86.

Joha finished 31st shooting 91 and 88, and Denk finished 35th shooting 92 and 89.

After a Monday where the Demons felt like they left a lot of strokes on the course they rebounded nicely on Tuesday as all three girls shot lower scores.

“We had a lot better second day then we did first day of the tournament, the girls were more comfortable today,” Golden coach John Anderson said. “But overall our girls really shot well. We had a great season.”

Green Mountain’s Nicole Rooney was Jeffco’s second best finisher at 26th overall.

Wheat Ridge’s Leah Donnelly was the model of consistency as she finished in the top half of the tournament with scores of 91 and 91 for 36th place overall.

And Arvada’s Samantha Salazar was excellent on Monday shooting an 86 which has her hanging around the leaderboard.

However, on Tuesday she shot a 98 finishing in 40th place.

List of 4A finishers includes:

1. Kala Keltz, Montrose, 76-70—146

2. Jennifer Kupcho, Jefferson Academy, 75-73—148

3. Taylor Dorans, Broomfield, 75-76—151

4. Alex Trask, Bishop Machebeuf, 79-74—153

12. Hannah More, Mullen, 89-81—170

13. Emilee Strausburg, D’Evelyn, 84-86—170

26. Nicole Rooney, Green Mountain. 82-93—175

28. Megan Vernon, Golden, 91-86—177

31. Rachel Joha, Golden, 91-88—179

35. Karli Denk, Golden, 92-89—181

36. Leah Donnelly, Wheat Ridge, 91-91—182

40. Samantha Salazar, Arvada, 86-98—184

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