Only one round of golf will go in this year’s books.
The second round of the Class 4A girls golf state championship tournament was called off due to an unplayable course Tuesday after an overnight snow storm blew over Pelican Lakes in Windsor. Instead, the first-round scores were determined the final spot for each golfer.
That means Montrose High School’s Ashlyn Manuel finished tied for 23rd place after shooting a 20-over par 92 on Monday. Caraline Burwell carded a 109 and ended up in 65th.
CHSAA determined that a delayed shotgun start wouldn’t be possible and sent a message to the coaches saying, “After further consideration, we feel it prudent not to continue with the golf tournament for a number of reasons, including an unplayable course at this time and through the morning hours.”
Montrose assistant coach Kala Rusk said there was about “2-3 inches” of snow on the ground, and the snow continued to pour when the team got the CHSAA notification.
“We couldn’t have been able to play anyway,” she said.
The Day One weather wasn’t much better.
Both Burwell and Manuel battled in temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, with snow on and off through the first few holes and consistent rain when the weather warmed up, Rusk said.
She, as well as head coach Dan Herod, couldn’t believe their two golfers played as well as they did, considering the conditions.
“They persevered through some tough weather conditions,” said Rusk.
She added Manuel and Burwell both gained “mental toughness” by being able to finish a round with such conditions.
“They were able to play in a tournament with all that pressure of being in the state tournament,” Rusk said. “It’s a really important experience that they’ll have for next year.”
Windsor ended up coming away with the state title, shooting 37-over par (253). The tournament hosts were 21 shots better than runner-up Niwot (274).
The Lady Indians didn’t have a team score because they were one player short of the minimum requirement for a full team
The 4A tournament wasn’t the only competition that had its second round called off due to snow. The 5A and 3A tourneys at Harmony in Timnath and Eagle Ranch in Eagle, respectively, were both canceled.
Although Montrose didn’t qualify a team to state this season after two straight years of doing so, Rusk thinks MHS can get back on track.
The Lady Indians have a chance next season with four varsity players returning from this year’s squad: Manuel, Burwell, Ally Nichols and Amanda Beaver.
“Hopefully, next year as a team, we can get everybody there,” she said.
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.