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Consistent scores keep EHS in second

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The challenging Indian Tree Golf Club will serve as a tune-up for regionals

By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — The course was a little longer than what the Evergreen Lady Cougars have been used to in 2014, and the scores reflected that. Yet, still, Evergreen, thanks to consistent scoring from top to bottom, was right where it’s been for most of the 4A Jeffco League season.

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Madison Tenney carded a 94 — her highest score of the season in league play — to place third, and three other players each shot a 100 as Evergreen finished with a 394 total. The Lady Cougars were just three strokes back of D’Evelyn, which won its fourth straight league tournament with a 391 at Indian Tree Golf Club on April 24.
“We’re getting better, period,” Evergreen head coach Mike Kuzava said.
Emilee Strausburg of D’Evelyn was the top medalist with an 86 and two other Lady Jaguars shot under 100 — Maddy Helfer with a 97 and Molly Lange with a 99 — as they added to their commanding league lead with one tournament remaining. Conifer was third, giving itself a little bit of breathing room over Golden in the league standings, with a 467. Senior Ashley Brown led the charge with a 99. Hannah Munro was second among the Lady Lobos with a 118.
More than the players, the rolling Indian Tree course set the pace as players got acquainted with the troublesome greens.
“The greens definitely were fast. It was kind of hard to tell what they were going to do,” said Evergreen senior Emily Rivers, who was one of those three players, along with freshman Natalie Holley and sophomore Katherine Halama, to card a 100. Individually, the trio tied for eighth. “When we played here on Tuesday, the greens were much slower. We got out here today, we had to readjust.”
Freshman Lian Rivers rounded out the scoring for Evergreen with a 135.
“Emily was a little higher score-wise than normally, but for Natalie that was the best she’s done so far in a tournament for us, and Katherine’s gone from a 122 to 108 to 100. She’s getting better,” Kuzava said. Holley had actually shot in the 90s in the first two league tournaments, but that score ballooned up to a 117 at Hyland Hills two weeks ago. Halama, meanwhile, brought her score to the lowest it’s been all season. “We’ve just got to keep on getting better, and we’ve got a couple of weeks to do that. We’ll keep on plugging away.”
They’ll have to as the 4A Metro West regional tournament is back at Indian Tree on May 8. Kuzava said he doesn’t think that his team has played up to its potential yet, but they’re getting closer. Getting a bird’s eye view of the season’s most challenging course can only work in their favor.
“I think it’s definitely beneficial the more times we come out here and play it. It helps us,” Emily Rivers said. “We’ll know what the greens are doing and what the course is doing in general.”

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.