WINDSOR — Hailey Schalk was ready to go on Tuesday at Pelican Lakes Golf Course for Round 2 of the Class 4A state golf tournament.
Mother Nature told her no.
The snow and cold temperatures forced the Colorado High School Activities Association to call off Day 2 of the event and meant that the Day 1 scores would hold up. On Monday, Schalk fired an even-par 72 to win
by six shots over both Sofia Choi of Mullen and Kylie Severin of Vista PEAK and in the process became Colorado’s third three-time champion.
She joins Cherry Creek’s Lynn Ann Moretto (1995-97) and Mullen’s Ashley Tait (2002, 2004-05) — now the Mustangs’ coach — as the only three-time champions since the sport was sanctioned in 1990.
“It feel good to represent Holy Family and to know that all my hard work has paid off,” Schalk said. “I practice everyday for hours, so it is really nice to have that reward.”
She was more than prepared to go after today and validate her place with a big two day performance, but the weather simply didn’t cooperate.
“Honestly I thought the struggle was going to be yesterday and today was going to be better. So the grind was going to be yesterday and today I would come out and shoot an under-par round,” she said. “I hit 16 greens yesterday, but I just didn’t putt that well and I would have made that up today.”
Now the focus for Schalk turns to the spring of 2020 and her attempt to become Colorado’s first four-time state champion. It is something she embraces and is eager to make a run at.
“I think it would be amazing to win four and I definitely want to, and I’m definitely going to keep working hard to get there,” said Schalk, whose teammate Jessica Mason finished fifth with a Day score of 82. “Honestly, I think I can improve everywhere as long as I keep practicing like I am and maybe even harder, then I think I can get there.”
Windsor won the team title for the second year in a row, beating Niwot by 21 shots.
At Pelican Lakes Golf Course
5,782 yards (Par 36-36 — 72)
Individuals (Top 10) — Hailey Schalk, Holy Family, 72; Sofia Choi, Mullen, 78; Kylie Severin, Vista PEAK, 78, Jessica Zapf, Windsor, 79; Jessica Mason, Holy Family, 82; Kate Griffin, Coronado, 83; Christina Cheng, Discovery Canyon, 85; Kinsey Smith, Windsor, 85; Timbre Sheehee, Mead, 86; Lisa Kelley, Glenwood Springs, 86.