Bethany Buchner


Loveland, Colorado

Publish Date: 5/20/2009
Reporter-Herald/Steve Stoner
Loveland High School senior Bethany Buchner, left, gets congratulated by her grandmother Connie Buchner, right, and sister Brittney England after winning the Class 5A State Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins.


Loveland’s Buchner wins Class 5A golf tournament

FORT COLLINS — Opportunities to play Collindale Golf Course have been so numerous for Bethany Buchner, it’s possible she could have played Tuesday with her eyes closed and still broken 80.

Of course, Day 2 of the Colorado Class 5A State Girls Championships had the Loveland High School senior on full alert, and she took advantage of her course knowledge and considerable skills to mount a comeback with an even-par 72 and claim, finally, the 5A crown after tying for the runner-up position the two previous seasons.

Buchner, who is headed to the University of New Mexico next fall to play golf, shot a 3-over-par 147 to win by two shots against Andi Hibbert of Lakewood. Buchner started the day tied for sixth, four shots out of the lead, but she was tied for the lead by the ninth hole Tuesday and held tough as the pressure mounted on the back nine to be the city’s first ever state champion in the sport.

“The last three holes, I was just trying to make pars. I made a couple bogeys, but everyone makes bogeys, and you just have to fight back,” she said. “Really, this is just great.”

“She knew she didn’t have to do anything fantastic — just get back around even par and play some solid golf,” said LHS coach Doug Schneiter. “She’s cool, but after tying for second twice, she really wanted to win the championship. She knew she had the game.”

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Publish Date: 11/10/2008

Loveland High School’s Bethany Buchner watches an approach shot during the Class 5A State Golf tournament last May at Raccoon Creek Golf Club in Littleton. Buchner has capped her stellar 2008 with a full-ride scholarship to New Mexico, and garnering the honor of being named the junior golfer of the year by the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. Reporter-Herald/Steve Stoner


Buchner's success a sure bet to continue

Keith Martin has worked with Bethany Buchner since she was eight years old, helping her with her golf swing, teaching her the nuances of the game.

In that time he said he’s learned one thing, and that’s not to bet with or against her.

Buchner’s parents have learned that, too, and there’s a puppy and a car at their house to prove it.

“There’s a competitiveness in her,” Martin said. “I don’t care what you’re doing — playing ping-pong or foosball — she doesn’t care how good you are, she’s going to beat you.

“You can’t teach that type of competitiveness. She has a desire to succeed, and second isn’t succeeding.”

It’s that type of drive that has made Buchner, a senior at Loveland High School, one of the top golfers in the state, earning her a full-ride scholarship to the University of New Mexico and the honor of being named the Colorado Women’s Golf Association junior golfer of the year.

Those are two events that have capped what she calls an amazing summer, making it hard to determine which is best.

“It’s tough,” she said. “It’s a real honor to be the player of the year, but I’d have to say the scholarship, because that’s where I’m going to be the next four years of my life. It’s been a dream of mine since I was little to play Division I golf, so this is really a dream come true.”

The CWGA awards are Nov. 23 (the fact she has to give a speech is a bit nerve-wracking), and she’ll sign her letter of intent to become a Lobo Nov. 12.


That, too, was a tough choice. She received full-ride offers from Kansas State, Denver and Colorado State, narrowing the field down to the two Mountain West Conference schools. In the end, the trip to Albuquerque sealed the deal.

“I got to hang out with the girls, hang out with the coach and they made me feel right at home,” Buchner said. “It felt like they’d be my new family for the next four years.”

Martin likes the choice, noting New Mexico’s standing nationally (the Lobos are a top-20 program annually), have a strong tradition and wonderful facilities.

Both events will cap what has been a wonderful year for Buchner. She was second at state for the second straight season last year, then spent the summer all over the map. She played in the Callaway Junior Worlds in California, the U.S. Junior Championships in Connecticut, took part in the America’s Cup tournament in Calgary, then closed out with a second-place finish at the Big Eye Junior Classic in North Carolina.

It was there she earned her English Mastiff puppy, Champ. The bet was she’d get the pup if she shot par or better or made the cut. She not only did both but carded her first hole-in-one at the tournament in shooting a 69 the final round.

Her parents had already paid off with a car the year before when she broke the course record at Boomerang in Greeley.

The Buchners would be wise to stop dangling these prizes, Martin said.

“She’s just going to keep improving,” he said.

Her intent exactly. Now that the recruiting process is over for her, she said she gets the chance to settle in on her final year of high school, focus on grades and have a little fun.

Oh, and play a little golf.

“I’m real excited for this year,” she said. “I have some big goals, and I hope to finish off my senior year right. I just want to have a good season and have fun my last year.”

With permission, Loveland Reporter Herald

Dec. 5, 2008
Buchner Signs National Letter of Intent

Colorado native will be at UNM next fall

Mike and Jinger (Jensen)  Buchner with daughter Bethany

University of New Mexico head women's golf Jill Trujillo has announced Bethany Buchner (pronounced buck-ner) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNM in the fall of 2009. Buchner is currently a senior at Loveland (Colo.) High School. Buchner is a highly-decorated prep performer who was named the 2008 Colorado Women's Golf Association junior golfer of the year. She finished second in the state 5A championships as a sophomore and junior.

"We're excited to have Bethany be a Lobo," said Trujillo. "She's a fierce competitor and will be a wonderful addition to our golf family."

Buchner is a highly-decorated prep performer who was named the 2008 Colorado Women's Golf Association junior golfer of the year. She finished second in the state 5A championships as a sophomore and junior.

As a high school sophomore, Buchner shot a ladies course-record 66 in the final round of the Birleffi Invitational at Boomerang Links in Greeley, Colo. That amazing score cost Bethany's father, Mike, a car since he promised his daughter an automobile if she shot 69 or better.

Buchner competed in numerous junior tournaments over the summer, including the Callaway Junior Worlds in California, the U.S. Junior Championships in Connecticut and the America's Cup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She closed out the summer with a second-place finish at the Big Eye Junior Classic in North Carolina where she carded her first hole-in-one while shooting a 69 in the final round.

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