Perhaps Cheyenne Mountain should play angry more often.
Peeved by a poor showing Monday at the 4A state golf tournament on their home course at the Country Club of Colorado, the Indians rebounded in a big way on Tuesday. All three of their top golfers improved as they ended 15 shots clear of runner-up Montrose to become the first 4A back-to-back champs since Colorado Academy in 2006-07.
“We were really mad,” said Cheyenne Mountain junior Samantha Weber, whose opening-round 95 was part of a day in which her team shot an uncharacteristic 270. “We didn’t play well at all yesterday, and I played awful. We knew we were better than that.”
Weber chopped 11 shots from her first-round debacle to lead the surge, carding an 84. Meanwhile, junior Kylee Sullivan had a six-shot improvement in shooting a 9-over-par 81, and Kelly Kruse, the team’s only senior, had an 85, three strokes better than Monday.
Sullivan also finished fifth in the overall standings with a two-day total of 168. Also, Falcon junior Victoria Goodman earned a medal, ending in a four-way tie for ninth at 171.
Overall, Cheyenne Mountain was 20 shots better than Monday, when Sullivan’s 87 marked the team’s best effort as the Indians trailed Montrose by three strokes.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” 10th-year coach Bill Paulson said. “I challenged them after the first round. I told them if they weren’t upset about what happened, then they had the wrong stuff. They answered today. They played the golf they were capable of.”
Cheyenne Mountain ended with a team total of 520. Montrose, which finished third last year, was runner-up for the first time in school history with a two-day aggregate of 535. Colorado Academy came in third at 537.
At this time last year, the Indians broke through for the school’s first golf title. On Tuesday, the Indians repeated. Next season, three of the four varsity players will return to perhaps make a little more history.
“It is going to be hard losing Kelly, and when you lose seniors, it always makes it a lot harder the next year,” Sullivan said. “It’s great to win two in a row. It’s never been done before at our school, and it’s just an amazing and incredible feeling. Everything worked out the way it was supposed to.”