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Indians scramble to win on Kemp's eagle chip
[April 05, 2013]

Indians scramble to win on Kemp's eagle chip

Monument, Apr 05, 2013 (The Gazette (Colorado Springs - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Katherine Kemp's 20-foot chip shot for eagle froze in time -- for what seemed like an entire afternoon -- before it rolled in to ensure Cheyenne Mountain's slim win at the Palmer Ridge Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Scramble.

The Indians won with a score of 9-under-par 63 Thursday, followed by Air Academy at 64. Falcon (69), Pine Creek (70), Lewis-Palmer (74), Doherty (75), Rampart (79) and Palmer Ridge (79) all finished with scores under 80.

In the first tournament of the season for area schools, hosting coach Paul Gagnon of Palmer Ridge formatted the competition as a scramble at King's Deer Golf Club.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the scramble In a scramble, a school's team of four plays together through all 18 holes and shoots from the spot of whomever's ball was the best on the previous shot.

Gagnon said it made for a less stressful opening tournament.

"A lot of these girls don't play all the time. Some do. Some are as competitive as the boys, but a lot of these girls don't play 18 holes too much," Gagnon said. "So today was a chance to just play with their teammates and have fun without getting frustrated at the start of the season." On the warm afternoon, Kadets No. 1 and 2 players Katie Ryall, a senior, and Kelsey McKenna, a freshman, played off one another's shots to rally the team for seven birdies on the day.

Air Academy coach Judy Bogard said she hopes her top-two golfers can help the Kadets achieve their goal.

"We want to beat Cheyenne Mountain," Bogard laughed. "We have our two stars that can average high 70s and low 80s. And today, we were so close." In fact, the Indians needed a little magic on the par-4 13 to hold off rival Air Academy.

It started when reigning Gazette player of the year Kylee Sullivan teed off a 230-yard drive a couple feet right of the green. From there, Sullivan, Kelly Kruse and Samantha Weber each chipped within feet of the hole, setting up a gimme birdie putt.

The birdie putt never came, as talk-of-the-tournament Kemp took her shot.

"She told me to take out the pin," sophomore Sullivan laughed. "She was so confident. It was awesome." The No. 2 player for the Indians flicked the ball at the hole. It paused on the lip, before dropping in for eagle.

"I knew we were fine because of my teammates' chips before me," the senior said. "So I just went for it -- I'm glad I did." Discovery Canyon (81), Vista Ridge (82), Sand Creek (83), The Classical Academy (84), followed by the junior varsity teams from Lewis-Palmer (87) and Palmer Ridge (91) rounded out the 14-team field.

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