HHS golfers selected to compete in the May 7 regional tournament are pictured from left, Brenna Sullivan, Dominique Penzing, Grace Dille and Regan Van Overbeke.

Regional golf sees Dille qualify for state; Van Overbeke is alternate

    One of their busiest weeks of golf all season ended on a high note at the regional tournament, where Holyoke High School’s Grace Dille qualified for state with a 96 and 17th place. Also highlighting the HHS performance was Regan Van Overbeke’s 23rd-place 102, which made her the second alternate for the state tournament.
    A total of 51 varsity golfers from 14 teams competed in regionals at The Olde Course at Loveland on Monday, May 7. Holyoke’s other golfers were Brenna Sullivan, who carded 104 and Dominique Penzing 108.
    Teamwise, Jefferson Academy finished first with a 240, followed by Kent Denver 246, Yuma 294, Strasburg 295, Swink 300, Holyoke 303, Faith Christian 303, Resurrection Christian 305, Wray 307, Cheyenne Wells 321, Brush 323 and Berthoud 335. Estes Park and Peak to Peak had no team score.
    Holyoke’s sixth-place finish was just nine shots behind Yuma’s third-place finish, reiterating the league’s tight competition that’s been visible throughout the season.
    Clearly at the head of the field in regional competition, Jefferson Academy and Kent Denver took the two full-team state qualifier spots. Each region qualifies 21 golfers for state, so the remaining 13 positions were filled based on individual results.
    Having competed at state in 2017, this will mark Dille’s second trip to the tournament, and her experience showed in her performance at regionals. “She had some highs and lows throughout her round but showed great mental toughness to keep plugging along and finishing with another solid round,” coach Nick Flaa said.

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