ENGLEWOOD — If one was to identify Madison Tenney’s golf game they could come up with a number of qualities to define it.
There is her athletic ability, the kind in which Evergreen head coach Mike Kuzava could tell her what type of shot she needs to hit and the Lady Cougars junior can hit it. A lot of kids can’t grasp that concept.
There’s also her temperament. She is maturing not only as a golfer, but as a person, Kuzava said.
“She is doing nothing but getting better,” he said.
All of that was evident at the 4A state girls golf championships on May 20-21 at Broken Tee Golf Course. She carded a 29-over 173 over 36 holes on the Par-72, 5,820-yard course. That tied her for 21st overall with Yuma’s Haley Patterson and Cheyenne Mountain’s Samantha Weber in a field of 83.
“I have worked on my game a lot more than I did last year, worked really hard this year,” Tenney said.
It’s showed. Now, no, she wasn’t going to catch Montrose’s Kala Keltz, who played lights out at 2-over 146 to hold off Jefferson Academy’s Jennifer Kupcho by two strokes, but Tenney sliced more than 11 strokes off her score from last year’s 4A state meet at Boomerang Golf Links in Greeley.
It was there where she shot back-to-back rounds of 93 and 91 for a 184 total that tied her for 47th. This go-around, she not only shot 88 and 85, respectively, in her two rounds, but she was one of a dozen golfers between 12th and 23rd who were separated by a mere three strokes.
“It’s experience. The only way to get it is by doing it. She is getting better and better,” Kuzava said. “All I looked at is at regionals last year she shot 95 this year she shot 81. At state last year it was somewhere in the 90s and this year it’s in the 80s. She’s trending right.”
The highlight of her tournament was her lone birdie on No. 7 on Day 2. Tenney, who pared the Par-3, 118-yard hole the day before, made it in just two shots the second time out. Unfortunately, that was followed up by one of her two triple bogeys on the Par-4, No. 8. Still, overall, the second day proved to be slightly more successful than the first.
“I had a hard day yesterday. I was kind of all of over the place scrambling. Today was better,” Tenney said after the tournament.
Her upswing in the tournament standings from 2012 to this year could be attributed to her confidence, Tenney said. Last year, it was non-existent. This year, her state experience paid off. And she’s hopeful that in 2014 it will pay off even more.
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