Tenney, Lady Cougars take second at Lake Arbor

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By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — Madison Tenney carded an 80 to place second overall, and the Evergreen Lady Cougars finished second in a seven-team 4A Jeffco League match at Lake Arbor Golf Club on April 2.

Evergreen, as a team, shot a 378 total — 28 strokes back of D’Evelyn. Conifer came in third with a 447.

Fellow Evergreen senior Emily Rivers placed fifth with an 86, while freshman Natalie Holley was 10th with a 95. D’Evelyn finished with four golfers in the top nine, led by Emilee Strausburg’s meet-winning score of 73.

“Of course, we hope to win every Jeffco tourney we’re in, but this time things didn’t work out like we wanted,” Evergreen head coach Mike Kuzava said. “Individually, we slipped a bit. I don’t like to make excuses, but a couple of our girls didn’t have the chance to practice or play during spring break, and it showed.”

But Rivers’ play was a pleasant surprise,

Kuzava said.

“Senior Emily Rivers had the best day of her golfing life, which kept us within striking distance of D’Evelyn,” Kuzava said. “She had never broken 90, and this time around she shot 45-41. I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s been working hard, and it’s starting to pay off.”

Evergreen won the first league tourney by four strokes over D’Evelyn. So it knows that it can compete with the Lady Jaguars. But this race for a conference title in 2014 may just be a nip-and-tuck battle throughout the season.

“They’ve got some experienced and talented players,” Kuzava said. “A couple of them had great rounds, and you’ve got to tip your hat and say well done. Nonetheless, I like our team, too. Our upside is big. We can always count on Madison to be solid. Emily is really coming around. When we get freshman Natalie Holley and sophomore Katherine Halama to play their best, we, too, will be tough to beat.”

Halama was 15th with a 117, while Lian Rivers was 19th with a 124. There were 41 players in the field.