Valor Christian golf coach Scotty Hofer stepped up to point out a scoring mistake, but wouldn't back down in claiming the Eagles girls still could have won the Class 4A girls state golf championship despite the error.
However, Valor didn't overcome the disqualification of one of its players, and wound up finishing second in the tournament May 21 at Broken Tee at Englewood Golf Course.
The Eagles finished with a 36-hole total of 497 strokes, two shots behind champion Cheyenne Mountain.
“We were down five going into the final round and if we would have gone out, played and performed, we could have won,” said Hofer. “ We didn't overcome it. Second place is never bad but if you go out and perform like you are capable, you win.
“If you don't perform the way you are capable of, you get beat. It happens in all sports. Look at the Broncos. They were pretty sick after their playoff loss. Everybody on our team has to look in the mirror. We lost six strokes to par on the last four holes. We just have to go work harder and not let it happen again.”
Valor's Laura Cohen was disqualified after the first round for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Cohen turned in an opening-day 86, which should have been an 87 because she didn't count a penalty stroke on No. 18. Cohen said she and the girl keeping her score agreed on the score.
Hofer told tournament officials about the mistake, which ended up costing the Eagles the title. Cohen was ineligible to compete for the individual title and her first-day 86 could not be included in the Eagles' opening-round team total. Sarah Belmear's 95 was instead included in Valor scoring, which cost the Eagles nine strokes.
Only top three scores of each team are included when compiling team scores. Cohen could have helped the Eagles on the final day, but she had an 87 and Belmear finished with an 85.
“I was with her the entire hole, and I don't know if the other coaches did either but I didn't check her scorecard,” said Hofer. “I came back and saw the score posted and I knew it was wrong. Nobody would have known it was not right. It made a difference in the championship.”
Colorado Women's Golf Association executive director Robin Jervey made the ruling to disqualify Cohen after hearing the explanations.
“She (Cohen) came back and reported that she had a nine instead of an eight on the last hole,” explained Jervey. “Once the players leave the scoring area, they're held accountable to whatever they had on their card at the point. Unfortunately, it didn't come to light until after she left the scoring area, and when you sign a card with a score lower than what you actually had, it's a disqualification.”
Valor senior Tori Glenn, the first-round leader with a two-over-par 74, struggled over the final round and finished with a 79 for a 153, which tied for fourth place in the individual standings.
Glenn, a gymnast who took up golf two years ago after breaking her leg and will be going to the University of Colorado to play golf, was four over par after the first six holes in the final round and dropped out of contention to capture medalist honors.
“Her swing was a little off,” said Hofer. “A lot of it was just the pressure of the situation, not having been there before. People don't realize the pressure until you are in that a few different times, and then you know how to handle it.”
Glenn admits she was never comfortable on the last day of the tournament.
“That was my worst round of the season, which was kind of unfortunate,” she said. “I just wasn't feeling it and you are going to have those days. It's not always going to be right on. It was a little bit of everything.
“I don't know, I guess I let the pressure get to me in some ways. I'm going to CU next year and this was just the first of many tournaments.”
Valor's Andrea Ballou came in eighth at 164 (84-80), while Belmear finished with a 180 (95-85) aggregate.
“It was a very strong season,” said Hofer. “We got all our goals but the last one. We have to go to work next year. We've got a progression going. We've been fourth (in the state tournament), third and now second. Hopefully next year will be better.”
Montrose senior Kala Keitz birdied four holes on the front side and fired a two-under-par 70 in the final round to win the individual Class 4A state championship with a 146 total.
In the Class 5A state tournament, played at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, Cherry Creek won its third consecutive title and 10th overall with a 470 total. Arapahoe was second.
Cherry Creek junior Calli Ringsby won medalist honors after carding her second consecutive one-over-par 73 to capture the individual title with a 146 total, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Jenni Chun of Highlands Ranch, who combined rounds of 75 and 78 for a 153 total.
Ringsby, last summer's CWGA Junior Stroke Play and Match Play champion, was a top four finisher in the state tournament the past two seasons.
Arapahoe's Hannah Wood tied for third (80-75) at 155, and Michelle Romano of Rock Canyon finished in a seventh-place tie at 157 (75-82).