At Country Club of Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain’s Maxine Choi struggled late with a triple-bogey on No. 17 followed by a three-putt bogey to finish the first round with a 7-over-par 78 and in a three-way tie for first overall, but Indians coach John Carricato isn’t one bit concerned.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve never seen an athlete in any sport be able to let things go, both positively and negatively, as quickly as she does,” Carricato said. “As a coach, I don’t need to say nor do much. That’s one of her strengths, and that’s why she’s going to be successful.”
Choi shares the top spot with Windsor’s Jessica Zapf and Lauren Lehigh of Loveland.
Air Academy’s Isabell Deak carded an 87 and sat in a tie for ninth place overall.
In the team standings, Glenwood Springs held a four-shot lead over Loveland and Windsor heading into Tuesday’s final round. Valor Christian and Coronado rounded out the top five.
Coronado is 29 shots off the pace.
“We are thinking that we can only improve from here,” Cougars coach Kelly Hodge said. “They aren’t settling. They’ve got the mindset of moving up the ladder, and they know they’ve got that in them.”
Kate Griffin was Coronado’s top scorer with a 93.
Air Academy and Cheyenne Mountain are sixth and eighth, respectively, in the team standings.
Lewis-Palmer’s Kalai Hamlin finished the first day tied for 19th overall after a first-round 93, while Ashlee Sample of Palmer Ridge recorded a 94 and is among a group tied for 22nd.
Tuesday’s final round set to start at 9 a.m.
Cheyenne Mountain, which won state championships in 2013-15, hasn’t had an individual champion in program history.
“You can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you can certainly lose it, and Max has put herself in a good spot,” Carricato said. “She’s put herself in position to be the first.”
At Boulder Country Club: Palmer’s Charlotte Cliatt carded a 92 for the area’s low score during first-day action.
Alex Hill of Rampart finished two shots behind heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Also, Kat Kachel of Doherty (96), Palmer’s Lily Bauer (98), Lilly Noteboom of Rampart (99) and Jordan Johnson (107) of Fountain-Fort Carson represented the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League.
Katie Berrian of Regis Jesuit fired a 2-under-par 70 to take the overall lead and help the Raiders to a slim, one-shot lead over Grandview. Cherry Creek lurks just three shots off the pace, and just 15 strokes separate the top nine teams.
At Elmwood Golf Course: The Classical Academy occupied fifth place in the team standings following first-round play in Pueblo.
The Titans’ previous best state finish was 10th in 2017.
Kenzie Fontana shot an opening-round 91, good for 20th place overall.
Kent Denver held a six-shot lead over Colorado Academy in the team standings.
Elizabeth Mullet of Florence turned in the best score from a Pikes Peak region representative, carding a 13-over-par 84.
Colorado Academy’s Caroline Jordaan topped the leaderboard following a first-round 68, one shot better than Hailey Schalk of Holy Family.