Evergreen girls golf coach Mike Kuzava felt like something was missing.
The Cougars, which finished second at the Class 4A state tournament a year ago, were unable to qualify their entire team this time around.
However, the two girls that did make it to state, Chance Forbes and Christina Spinzig, put on quite a show at Golden’s Rolling Hills Country Club.
Forbes shot a pair of 79’s, finishing the tournament with a two-day total of 158, good for third-place overall. Spinzig, just a sophomore, carded rounds of 88-86—174 to finish in ninth-place.
“My goal is, and always will be, for us to qualify as a team,” Kuzava said. “While that didn’t happen this time around, I couldn’t have asked for much more than one Evergreen golfer finishing third, and the other ninth.
“It was all pretty exciting.”
Forbes, a junior, played in the second round’s final pairing. According to Kuzava, she ran into some obstacles, but didn’t back down, stuck with her gameplan and played well down the stretch.
“Seeing Chance fighting her way all day in the final group at state was something I won’t soon forget,” Kuzava said of Forbes, who earned first team, all-state honors for her play at state.
Elizabeth Kresock of Colorado Academy took home medalist honors. Kresock scored rounds of 79-71 to finish with a 150 total. Olivia Garard of Kent Denver placed second, three shots behind Kresock.
While many golfers that teed it up at Rolling Hills had never seen the course before, state wasn’t the first time Evergreen’s players had knocked the ball around the Rolling Hills course.
“We played there a few times for practice and had a tournament there a few weeks before state,” Spinzig said. “The course was in excellent shape and the greens were great. They lengthened the course a bit for state, but it wasn’t too long.”
Spinzig said that overall she was happy with how she performed over the two-day tournament.
“It could’ve been better, but I did all I could,” she said.
With a top-10 finish at state under her belt, Spinzig plans on staying busy this summer.
“I’ll play in some junior golf events and I’ll be playing at Hiwan a lot,” she said.