Jessica Zapf’s fourth-place finish leads Windsor to second at 4A state golf tournament
May 23, 2017
Jessica Zapf is not your typical sophomore girls golfer.
While many are still picking up the game and learning the fundamentals, Zapf is just focused on relaxing and finding her tempo.
"Realistically, it doesn't matter what age you are," Zapf said. "We're all playing the same field and the same course."
It was that kind of attitude that led her to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A girls' state golf tournament, the Wizards highest finish since 2010 — as far back as CHSAA records go. It also helped the Wizards to a second-place team finish to improve four spots from last year.
After breezing through the front nine yesterday on her way to a 77 — or 5 over par, Zapf struggled out of the gates Tuesday, finding herself 6-over par after only four holes. But, a 1-under 35 on the back erased her slow start and she matched Monday's round with another 77, bringing her two-day total to 154, or 10-over par.
"The conditions weren't what we wanted," Windsor coach Doug Hammond said. "When it's wet and the wind is blowing you have to adjust what clubs you hit, but it didn't hurt her."
This year's fourth-place finish was a vast improvement from her 34th-place finish last year, but she's still not satisfied.
"I will be top three next year," Zapf said.
She wasn't alone in bringing silver back to Windsor. Kinsey Smith (tied for 13th), Jayden Muro (tied for 20th) and Brynn Ellis (tied for 24th) all brought home top-30 finishes, making the Wizards the only team to accomplish that feat.
Smith and Muro were tied going into Tuesday's round after they both carded 87s Monday. Smith came out on top, carding an 84 to Muro's 91.
Brynn Ellis also had a strong showing at her first state tournament, following Monday's 90 with a 92.
Northridge added a 10th-place finish in its third straight year qualifying as a team, led by Lois Shaeffer who finished tied for 17th.
"I'm proud of everybody on the team; how well they did and how they carried themselves," Shaeffer said.
After an 86 Monday, the conditions got to her Tuesday and she fired a 19-over, 91.
"For a sophomore she played well beyond her years," coach Tim Kohler said. "17th at her first trip to state is something."
Shaeffer will be the first one to note how important this experience will be for her moving forward.
"I'm going to be two to three shots better after this I'll be able to handle the pressure and I'll know what to expect."
Emma Moser also struggled Tuesday on her way to a 39th-place finish. After a 92 Monday, she carded a 102 Tuesday in her final high school round.
Sydney Hannig rounded out Northridge's qualifiers. She followed Monday's 97 with a 102, good for 47th place.
The girls did really well," Kohler said. "I was pleased with their effort and attitudes all day long. No excuses, we just did not play up to our potential."
4A State Golf Championships
Colorado National Golf Club
Team Scores — Loveland 187, Windsor 214, Golden 229, Glenwood Springs 229, Vista Peak 266, Pine Creek 268, Evergreen 269, Palmer Ridge 272, Valor Christian 280, Northridge 289, Montrose 290, Cheyenne Mountain 300, Liberty 315, Coronado 326, Air Academy 336, Ponderosa 347, Pueblo West 388, Frederick 392.
Top 5 individuals — Lauren Lehigh, LHS 152, Ali Bundy, LHS 153, Lauren Murphy, GSHS 153, Jessica Zapf, WHS 156, Sydney Prey, GHS 160.
Windsor — Jessica Zapf 154, Kinsey Smith 171, Jayden Muro 178, Brynn Ellis 182.
Northridge — Lois Shaeffer 177, Emma Moser 194, Sydney Hannig 206.