Solem makes it 3 straight at state Big I Junior Classic; final-round 69 gives Lehigh girls title
The junior golf career of Jackson Solem of Longmont is winding down, but he put the final touches on one more accomplishment on Friday by winning the state Big I Junior Classic for the third consecutive year.
The future University of Denver golfer and 2015 4A state high school champion shot rounds of 72-70 Thursday and Friday, respectively, at Boomerang and Highland Hills in Greeley. His 1-under-par 142 total was good for a two-stroke victory. He made three birdies and two bogeys Friday at Highland Hills.
Connor Burke of Greeley (69-75--144) took second place and Cole Krantz of Windsor, a University of Colorado signee, claimed third (73-72--145).
In the girls competition, another 4A state champion, 2017 winner Lauren Lehigh of Loveland, earned the title. Her 3-under-par 69 on Friday was the best round of the tournament by five shots -- either at Highland Hills (Thursday for the girls) or Boomerang (Friday). She made an eagle, two birdies and a bogey on the final day to finish at 1-over-par 145.
Claiming the runner-up spot was Julia Baroth of Denver (76-74--150), while Amelia Lee of Castle Rock (76-75--151) was third.
The top three boys (Solem, Burke and Krantz) and top two girls (Lehigh and Baroth) qualified for the Big I National Championship, set for Aug. 7-10 in Madison, Miss.