Final tuneup before regionals for Tenney, Lady Cougars

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By Michael Hicks

GOLDEN — On one hand, it could be looked at as underachieving. But when the Evergreen Lady Cougars’ girls golf team sets goals prior to a tournament, like it did for the Ashley Forey Invitational on April 30 at Rolling Hills Country Club, it’s probably more ambitious than anything else.
The course got the better of Evergreen on this day, but not before the Lady Cougars’ foursome got in one last-minute tuneup before regionals.
Sophomore Madison Tenney and senior Rachel Bechtholdt led EHS’ charge with identical 26-over-par 99s to share 12th place among the 36 4A Jeffco League golfers in the field of 119. Fellow senior Jennifer Butler shot a 105, while junior Nikola Hynes carded a 108.
“We always want more. We left so many strokes out there and it’s mostly short game. We’ll just keep on working,” Evergreen head coach Mike Kuzava said. “It’s a game that it doesn’t come easily and it takes months if not years. And these girls are just so young at this game.
“We left so many shots out there — chips and putts. That’s where you score with your chipping and putting. Our girls just aren’t there yet.”
And while Kuzava wants and hopes for more from the Lady Cougars, he knows that his players met expectations.
Out of the nine 4A Jeffco League schools in the field, Evergreen placed third with a 411 team total. Only Valor Christian, which had four of the top conference golfers, with a 351 and D’Evelyn with a 407 had better team scores among 4A Jeffco schools.
Valor Christian’s Tori Glenn led the conference charge with a 10-over 83. Arapahoe won the overall team title with a 232 total, led by three golfers in the top seven. The invitational’s top medalist was Cherry Creek’s Shinwoo Lee, who shot an even-par 73.
Now Evergreen must turn its focus to the 24-team Metro West regionals on May 7 at West Woods Golf Course in Arvada.
“I’m happy with where they’re at. Now what we have to do is be ready for regionals next week. Who knows anything can happen,” Kuzava said.
The 4A state tournament is May 21-22 at Boomerang Golf Course in Greeley.