Madison Tenney is a naturally-gifted athlete, says Evergreen girls golf coach Mike Kuzava. That in itself had a lot to do with the Evergreen sophomore qualifying for the 2012 4A state girls golf championship.
Tenney, who started on No. 10 both days, tied for 47th with a 38-over-par 184 total on May 21-22 at Greeley’s Boomerang Golf Course. She finished tied with Gunnison’s Jennifer Ehmsen and Florence’s Mirenda King.
“She just a good athlete. Her being athletic helped her pick up stuff faster. Even at the state tournament her score may not have been that good but she did a lot of good things,” Kuzava said. “I’m just happy with her dedication and her effort.”
Tenney’s back-to-back rounds of 93 and 91 weren’t going to challenge Bryce Schroeder for top medalist honors. The Pueblo South golfer shot a 3-under 143, winning the tournament on the second playoff hole. But it was solid enough that it should be a building block for the next two years, Kuzava said.
“Just getting a taste of the competition, seeing where the best players are, how they play, how to carry yourself you can’t beat that. You need that type of experience,” Kuzava said.
It will be an invaluable experience for Tenney, who struggled to a bogey or higher on five of her first six holes, including a 4-over on the Par 4 No. 14. But Tenney came back to score her lone birdie eight holes later on the Par 4 No. 4.
If anything this state appearance could be the start of something special, Kuzava said.
“We’re looking for her next year to be in the mid-80s and in the low 80s in her senior year,” Kuzava said. “If that is the case we will have been effective.”
It would appear they already have been.