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Montezuma-Cortez girls golf sending qualifiers to state

Montezuma-Cortez High School junior Chesnie Patrick tees off on the 14th hole at Conquistador GC in the Panthers' home golf invitational in April. Patrick will lead the team at the state tournament. (Ben Bradley/Special to The Journal)
Panthers take third place in regional, head to Aspen for championships

Few Western Slope girls golf programs can match the pedigree that Montezuma-Cortez has established over the past decade.

The Panthers added another chapter to a lengthening program history of state qualifiers, as M-CHS notched a third-place team showing and individual qualifiers to the upcoming 3A state championships at the Region 4 tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

M-CHS took a tie for third place as a team, posting a team score of 268 Monday to match Vail Christian for third overall, and collect three top-11 finishes to put the program back with a full team at the state championships at Aspen Golf Club on May 30-31.

Junior Chesnie Patrick continued to lead the Panthers effort, securing fifth place individually with a round of 84 on the par-72 course. Opening on the back nine, Patrick posted an opening nine 44, before finding her rhythm on the back half, tallying six pars, including four in a row to shoot 40 on the inward nine.

Just five shots back and three places behind, freshman Amita Crowley jumped into a qualifying spot as well, playing steady golf on both nines. Crowley picked up three pars in her opening nine holes en route to a 45, then added four more to finish with a round of 89.

Classmate Afton Unrein started very well, parring two of her first three holes, and shot a 45 on the front nine on her way to a 95 and an 11th place showing on the Moffat County course.

Senior Anna Lawrence posted a score of 113 to round out the Panthers team performances, as Lawrence played well on the par threes to aid her steady round of 57-56, earning her a tie for 22nd in the field.

Aspen sophomore Lenna Persson took home medalist honors with a 78, leading the Skiers to a one-shot victory over Berthoud for the regional team title. M-CHS tied Vail Mountain for third place in the team standings, and now look forward to the 36-hole 3A state championships coming up on Monday and Tuesday, May 30-31 in Aspen.