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Indians hang with state's best

By: Brent W. New preps@gazette.com
April 18, 2014 Updated: April 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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photo - Cheyenne Mountain's Kylee Sullivan putts on the green of the 1st hole at the Lady Kadet Golf Invitational. The Air Academy Kadets hosted the girls golf tournament on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Eisenhower Golf Course. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Cheyenne Mountain's Kylee Sullivan putts on the green of the 1st hole at the Lady Kadet Golf Invitational. The Air Academy Kadets hosted the girls golf tournament on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Eisenhower Golf Course. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing 

Buried into her cellphone, Cheyenne Mountain junior Kylee Sullivan stood in her own world after Friday's round at the Eisenhower Golf Club.

There was no secret as to why. Prom night at Cheyenne Mountain High School is only one week away.

Before that, however, the Indians and their best golfer were nothing but focused on the sun-splashed course as they took another step forward at the Lady Kadet Golf Invitational.

Sullivan, who is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain she suffered in a powder puff football game last October and a recent bout of mononucleosis, led defending Class 4A state champion Cheyenne Mountain to a fourth-place-finish 265 after placing third on the leaderboard with a 7-over-par 81.

Stephany Bang shot a winning score of 80 for Class 5A Cherry Creek, which also won the team title with a score of 250. Andrea Ballou beat Sullivan for second place despite shooting an identical 81 (due to the invite's back-nine-score tiebreaker) to help lead 4A Valor Christian (256) to a second-place team finish. Class 5A Legacy took third at 258.

"We're getting there. We're close to where we need to be," Cheyenne Mountain coach Bill Paulson said. "We'll be ready for regionals, and then for state."

Sullivan was a couple lip-outs away from her second win of the week. The junior finished strong with birdies on two of her final three holes, but said she missed too many putts that she's used to sinking with confidence to grab the win.

She settled for a 41-40 split.

"I'm feeling better now. I mean, I had a rough offseason and was just not, you know, 'feeling it,'" said Sullivan, who was coming off her first win of the season at the Coronado Cougar Classic at Kissing Camels Golf Course on Tuesday. "But I'm feeling good now. I played well again today, just didn't score well."

Samantha Weber followed up her teammate's performance with an 86, while the Indians' other scorer, Kelly Kruse (98), regrouped for a 43 on her back-nine after shooting 10-over-par through her first three holes.

"I like our chances (at state)," Paulson said of the 4A meet, which will be held on May 19-20 at the Indians' home course, the Country Club of Colorado. "I'm not going to say we're going to win it again. Valor is very good, and will be tough . Some will say we have an advantage because it's at our home course, but that could make us feel pressure too. It'll be interesting."

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