Girls golf team battling weather

For the first time this season, the weather Monday allowed the Bulldogs girls golf team to hit the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

It didn't last.

Moffat County High School (MCHS) was back inside Tuesday, practicing in the gymnasium at East Elementary School.

The Bulldogs are under the direction of co-coaches Tom Dockstader and Chuck Cobb.

"Last week on (Feb.28) we got under way," said Dockstader. "All last week we practiced indoors here at East Elementary and then on Monday we got outside and some of the girls got to play."

Dockstader said it was a surprise to get outside.

"We have never been out this early before," said Dockstader. "A lot of times we have gone to our first tournament without even playing outside."

According to Dockstader, the golfers concentrate on their strokes while practicing inside.

"When we come inside we work on swing mechanics and letting them hit some balls and get warmed up," said Dockstader. "We do a little bit of putting, but it is hard in here, because the carpet is so fast."

Players who played a year ago for the Bulldogs are senior Abby Dellit, senior Sarah Haslem, junior Melanie Peters, junior Kristen Ried, junior Vanessa Wilson, sophomore Ashley Fleetwood, sophomore Rachel Halcomp, sophomore Laura Duran and sophomore Lindsey Scott.

Last year, Wilson was the lone Bulldog to qualify for the state tournament.

"We have 13 girls on the team and nine of them played last year," said Dockstader. "The other four are either freshman or new players. We only have two seniors and five sophomore so we have a young team."

A year ago at regiona competition, the Bulldogs finished in sixth place. The top three teams qualify for the state meet.

"I think we have a good chance of going to state as a team," said Dockstader. "Rifle has a good team. They have most of their girls coming back and the Grand Junction schools are always pretty good. We have four or five girls that have improved a whole bunch from last year."

The Bulldogs will play Friday in a scrimmage in Glenwood Springs and will start the season Monday in Grand Junction at the Warrior Classic.

"We will play Friday in a scramble format," said Dockstader. "It's just for fun and it's not a competitive meet. It's just nine holes and we are going to make up a team of four players and a coach. Our first competitive meet will be in Grand Junction."

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