Valor Christian girls golf coach Scotty Hofer hopes his team can take a couple more steps forward during the Class 4A State High School Girls Golf Tournament.
The tournament will be played May 20-21 at the 5,820-yard, par 72 Broken Tee Golf Club in Englewood, which just happens to be the Eagles' home course.
Valor won the Metro-West regional qualifying tournament May 7 at Fox Hollow with a 234 total.
“We won the regional so our whole team qualified,” said Hofer. “I feel we have a very good chance. We just have to perform the way we are capable of and I think we can win the state championship.
“We've been coming on the past few years. We placed fourth two years ago and placed third last year. In the past Regis has been a very strong 4A school, but they chose to go 5A this year.”
Hofer knows gaining two spots from last year's finish will not be easy.
“There is still good competition that we are expecting from Cheyenne Mountain and Montrose,” he said. “Those are the teams I know about. And I really don't know about Montrose because they are from the Western Slope and you don't hear about them.”
Tori Glenn and Andrea Ballou paced the Eagles in the regional championship with scores of 77. Sarah Belmear finished with an 80 and Laura Cohan carded an 88. Only the top three scores count in the team standings, as Valor outdistanced Golden by 10 strokes.
“We'll have a team of four this year,” said Hofer. “Two years ago we had three golfers. Each day just three scores count, but that first day you don't want to put yourself behind the eight ball. You want to be consistent each day.”
Hofer doesn't feel playing at Broken Tee will be all that much of an advantage for the Eagles.
“People might think it is our home course,” he said. “We have all our practices there but we really haven't really played the course that much. We've played a few times, the front nine for sure. With the bad weather we have had, we really haven't got on the course. We plan to do that.”
Valor played in the Cheyenne Mountain Invite May 14 at the Broadmoor, which matches two of the top Class 4A teams in a mini state tourney preview.
“We are fortunate the way our schedule worked out,” said Hofer. “We got eight tournaments in where some of the other teams got like four because of the weather. We played down at the Broadmoor and that was our ninth tournament so that's pretty good.”
Jennifer Kupcho of Jefferson Academy, who was third last season, and fourth-place finisher Taylor Dorans of Broomfield will be among the Class 4A individual favorite players. Glenn tied for ninth in the 2012 state tournament.
The Class 5A state tournament will be held May 20-21 at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction.
Defending champion Cherry Creek, Arapahoe and Fairview, the schools that finished one-two-three last season, are expected to be among the teams contenting for the team title.
Arapahoe's Hannah Wood and Calli Ringsby of Cherry Creek head a long list of golfers who could win the individual state title, and Creek's MacKenzie Cohen, who was the surprise 2012 state tournament medalist, can't be overlooked.