Girls State H.S. Roundup

Seeking a record-tying third individual Colorado state high school title, Maddy Bante builds 3-stroke lead; defending champ Logan Hale fires 67 in 4A; Ashleigh Wilson just ahead of 2023 winner Brenna Higgins in 5A

By Gary Baines – 5/20/2024

In her final high school golf tournament, Maddy Bante of St. Mary’s Academy has the chance to do what just three other golfers in Colorado history — female or male — have accomplished:

Win three state high school individual titles.

And, halfway through the 2024 state tournaments, the senior is on track to do just that. Bante shot a 1-under-par 71 on Monday at the Olde Course at Loveland to grab a three-stroke lead going into the final round of the 3A state meet.

Should she prevail on Tuesday, Bante would join Lynn Ann Moretto of Cherry Creek (state titles in 1995, ’96 and ’97, all in a single classification); Ashley Tait of Mullen (2002, ’04 and ’05 in 4A); and Hailey Schalk of Holy Family (2017 and ’18 in 3A and ’19 in 4A) as a three-timer. It should be noted that Schalk had a chance for an unprecedented four-peat, but the Colorado High School Activities Association announced that it was canceling the 2020 spring sports and activities season, including that for girls golf, due to safety concerns regarding Covid-19. 

Bante, who will play her college golf at Notre Dame, has finished second, first and first in her first three state tournaments. On Monday, she made an eagle — on the 416-yard, par-5 seventh hole — to go along with two birdies and three bogeys.

The closest challenger to Bante is junior Hope Torres of Prospect Ridge, who opened with a 74 despite three double bogeys.

Bante’s St. Mary’s Academy is looking for a fourth consecutive 3A team title, but will need to rally make it a reality as it trails leader Prospect Ridge by 10 strokes.

Meanwhile, in Class 4A at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs, senior Logan Hale of Erie put herself in very good position to claim her second straight state high school individual crown. Hale, the only Coloradan to compete in last year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior at the Air Force Academy, recorded a 4-under-par 67 despite bogeying her final hole on Monday.

That will give Hale an eight-stroke lead over Pueblo Central’s Sofia Contreras going into Tuesday. Taylor Hale, Logan’s younger sister and Erie teammate, shares third place at 79 with Makena Thayer of Battle Mountain.

Logan Hale, a University of Denver signee who grew up as a member at the Country Club of Colorado, was 5 under par through 10 holes on Monday and finished the day with six birdies and two bogeys. She won the 4A championship by eight strokes last year.

Junior Hadley Ashton of Erie, the 4A individual state champion as a freshman in 2022, struggled to an 11-over-par 82 on Monday. Ashton and Logan Hale competed as a team earlier this month in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. 

Erie, winner of the last two 4A state team titles, leads by a whopping 33 strokes strokes over Steamboat Springs in the team race.

In Class 5A at Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield, junior Ashleigh Wilson of Rock Canyon fired a 1-under-par 71 and holds a one-stroke lead over defending champion Brenna Higgins of Valor Christian, also a junior.

Wilson, who finished third in the 5A tournament last year and won the Colorado Junior PGA Championship and the CPGA Junior Match Play in 2023, made six birdies on Monday but played her final three holes in 3 over par.

Higgins, who won the 2023 CGA State Junior in addition to the 5A state title, recorded five birdies in her round of 72, but also struggled down the stretch, bogeying her final two holes. Ella Scott, a freshman at Valor, posted a 73 to stand in third place after making eagle at the par-4 17th hole.

Valor Christian, the two-time defending 5A state champion, leads the 5A team standings by 11 shots over Rock Canyon.

CLASS 5A LEADERS (Broadlands GC in Broomfield)


Valor Christian 223

Rock Canyon 234

Cherry Creek 235

Fossil Ridge 237

Mountain Vista 245


Ashleigh Wilson, Rock Canyon 71

Brenna Higgins, Valor Christian 72

Ella Scott, Valor Christian 73

Addison Hines, Ralston Valley 74

Maddie Makino, Legend 74

Caitlyn Chin, Cherry Creek 74

Audrey Whitmore, Regis Jesuit 75

Ellie Barry, Fossil Ridge 76

Ava Hickey, Fairview 77

Ashley Chang, Rock Canyon 77

Raleigh Puzio, Brighton 77

CLASS 4A LEADERS (At CC of Colorado in CO Springs)


Erie 228

Steamboat Springs 261

Holy Family 263

Windsor 272

Mullen 279


Logan Hale, Erie 67

Sofia Contreras, Pueblo Central 75

Makena Thayer, Battle Mountain 79

Taylor Hale, Erie 79

McKenzie Dolph, Conifer 80

Kaitlyn Grommeck, Steamboat Springs 80

Olivia Meyering, Ponderosa 81

Hadley Ashton, Erie 82

Chace Atkinson, Lutheran 83

Zoe Bar-Or, Littleton 83

CLASS 3A LEADERS (At Olde Course at Loveland)


Prospect Ridge 249

St. Mary’s Academy 259

Aspen 260

Colorado Academy 265

Peak to Peak 267


Madde Bante, St. Mary’s Academy 71

Hope Torres, Prospect Ridge 74

Kyndra Johnson, Salida 79

Emma Garcia, Rye 79

Lenna Persson, Aspen 79

CheyAnne Schrick, Timnath 79

Amita Crowley, Montezuma Cortez 81

Macie Doherty, Sterling 83

Addison Dorsey, Manitou Springs 84

Brooke O’Sullivan, Aspen 84

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for since 2009. The University of Colorado Evans Scholar alum was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He owns and operates