By Scott Stocker
For the Courier
GOLDEN — It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the Evergreen girls golf team. But for that matter, it hasn’t been all that great for the rest of the state either.
Evergreen, coached by Mike Kuzava, has not been able to play at home in the mountains due to the state’s cold, wintery weather. The April 29 Ashley Forey Tournament on the Rolling Hills Golf Course was only their fourth of the season. The girls were more than pleased to have a fine day outside, but wish they could have had a higher finish.
Evergreen finished 18th in the field of 31 teams with a three-player total of 314. The Jefferson County teams were also involved in a co-league tournament. Here the Lady Cougars shot 423, good for fifth in the league.
Cherry Creek, led by medalist Calli Ringsby, who shot 69, won the tournament with a 220 total. The Lady Bruins were followed by Arapahoe (226), Valor Christian (245), Legacy (251) and Fairview (253).
Leading the way for Evergreen was Madison Tenney, who shot a 90, and was the only Lady Cougar under 100. Nikola Hynes followed with a 109, Emily Rivers 111 and Kelsey Evezich 113.
“It was a tough day and the play was slower than we expected,” said Tenney, who had her season best of 77 at Westwood. “I didn’t putt well and the greens were a lot slower than I expected. You have to read them and I think I did poorly. My drives were good and I also felt good with my irons. The putting was just off as I had three-putt greens on about half of them today.”
“Experience, experience, experience,” said Kuzava. “It’s been a bear trying to beat the weather. We haven’t played a round up at home due to all the snow still on the ground. Almost all of our practices have been inside the school, but this is a team with a lot of energy. Madison is only a junior and overall we have a very young team and I think there is a lot of potential here.”
If anyone could have done with a few fewer putts it was Hynes.
“I must have had 50 putts today,” said Hynes, who had her best of 98 at the Windsor tournament. “I haven’t played much this season, only three tournaments and we haven’t played on our Evergreen course. But this is a great course and I have great teammates to help me out. I thought the greens were fast for me. It just seems like it’s been a very short season.”
Rivers, a junior, holds down the number two spot for Evergreen, but like Tenney had hoped for a better day.
“The course was really nice and it’s great to play against this kind of competition,” said Rivers, who had a best of 100 at Westwood. “I see the girls on the other teams that also help make me better and to learn from how many of them shoot. This is just very good experience for me. I’m not used to such narrow fairways, but it is good to learn from this situation. I think I’m becoming more accurate.”
Evezich has only played in three tournaments, missing the last two weeks due to college visits.
“I think I might go with Duke, but I’m also considering Harvey Mudd,” Evezich said. “I tried to relax out there today and not get stressed out. I certainly enjoyed the day in the sun, something we haven’t seemed to have enough of this season. The girls season, when it comes to weather, is always the worst, but we all like to get out and play.”