Update: July 19, 2022
After winning the 3A State Golf Championship for the second row in a year, the St. Mary’s Academy Golf Team received an invitation to the Girls High School National Invitational. Coached by Ann Wolta Blackstone, students Maddy Bante, Reese Brown, Janey Nollsch, and recent graduate Natalie Tatar ‘22 traveled to the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC, in June to compete.
Two golfers ended the tournament in the top 100. Maddy's three-round score of +20 was the 22nd lowest score which landed her tied for 54th place, out of 225 competitors. Natalie’s 29th lowest score of +27 resulted in a tie for 81st. Reese and Janey scored +103 and +105 respectively. Pinehurst Resort is a world-renowned golf resort, and will be hosting the 2024 US Open on it’s famed No. 2 course.
Receiving an invitation to the National Invitational is quite an honor since only the best high school golf teams and individuals receive the invites based on state championship performance. The Invitational brings together a wide variety of golfers from nearly all 50 states. The Girls Invitational is a three-day, four-hole stroke play event including team and individual competition.
June 1, 2022
St. Mary's Academy won the 3A State Golf Championship today by 43 strokes over runner-up Prospect Ridge in the two-round tournament at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield, giving them the trophy title for the second year in a row. Their mind-blowing win margin is just shy of the 45-stroke lead they held over Vail Mountain in last year’s tourney.
On the individual leaderboard, sophomore Maddy Bante won 1st place with a two-day par score of 144, having shot one over yesterday and one under today, including six birdies today . She placed second in last year’s tournament and came back from an injury late this season to win the title.
Senior Mallory Hopper tied for 6th place in the tourney with a 165 (+21) , and fellow senior Natalie Tatar finished in 11th place with a 171 (+27). Both recent grads are signed to play in college.
Sophomore Reese Brown finished in 46th place. The same four student-athletes won the trophy last year.
As with last year, the team donned different uniforms yesterday, bearing pink ribbons and pink Wildcat logos, in honor of Coach Ann Wolta Blackstone, a three-time breast cancer survivor. Coach Blackstone was recognized with the 2022 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and won Coach of the Year last year. The coaching staff also includes Russell McFall, SMA teacher at the High School.
St. Mary’s Academy snagged the regional golf title last week at Spring Valley Golf Course in Elizabeth by 15 points over Prospect Ridge. Both Hopper and Tatar were named to 1st Team All Conference, and Bante named by the league as Honorable Mention for her comeback from injury.
“I am so proud of the grit, hard work, and determination of our 2022 State Golf Champions,” said SMA Athletic Director Dr. Kelli Logan. “They turned in a brilliant defense of the 2021 title.”
St. Mary's Academy is Denver's premier independent, Catholic, Co-Ed Pre-K to Grade 8 and All-Girls High School, founded in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto. Based in Cherry Hills Village, St. Mary's Academy inspires leaders to act with integrity, seek justice, build community, and change the world.
Pictured Left to Right: Coach Blackstone, Reese Brown, Maddy Bante, Mallory Hopper, Natalie Tatar, Coach McFall