Images of the mild conditions at Augusta National Golf Club inundated television screens across the nation all weekend, but they are a far cry from the tempestuous weather that western Colorado has dealt with.
Foul weather didn't impede the Lady Bulldogs golf season, and because the Western Slope has more wind than Georgia, it didn't mean higher scores for the girls.
Starting Thursday at Deer Creek Golf Course in Cedaridge, and working their way to Delta Golf Course on Saturday, the girls worked to a solid fourth-place showing.
"Though many of the girls may disagree with it, I felt that they shot some good rounds," coach Chuck Cobb said.
Lindsey Scott and Vanessa Wilson once again shot the top two scores for the 'Dogs. Scott shot an 87 on the first day and followed it with a 90 on the second day. Wilson shot an opening round of 101, and came back to fire a 91 on the second-day of the two-day tournament.
Melanie Peters dropped five strokes from the first day, shooting a 98 at Delta, while Kristen Reid and Laura Duran remained steady at 104 on both days.
"Most of the girls have improved from where they started at, which is reassuring to see," Cobb said. "Those who didn't drop just had a rough day in hard conditions."
The 11 team tournament saw a salty, Eagle Valley team from Vail win the meet, giving the Lady Bulldogs a look at their next tournament's host. Alli Crumb of Valley shot the best round at Delta with an 81, and was paired with Moffat County's top-ranked swinger Scott.
"The girls know who they have to beat out there, and for Lindsey being paired with Crumb, it gave her a up close and personal look," Cobb said.
Thursday's tournament at Eagle Valley will be held at the Cotton Ranch Golf Course in Gypsum.
Cotton Ranch is a Pete Dye designed course, and is close to professional standards.
The course is well-designed and technical, Cobb said, and will hold more changes and bunkers then the girls have played this year.
"Cotton Ranch will be a good test of golf for the girls, it will force them to make smart shots the whole day," Cobb said.
Putting is what Cobb means when he speaks of smart shots, as tee-to-green play has been the Moffat County standard all season, however, its short game has been lacking.
The second week of practice on the Yampa Valley Golf Course is the cure for what ails the Lady Bulldogs, allowing the girls to sharpen their shots in actual play.
"Putting, putting, and more putting is what we've got to focus on for the rest of the year to be successful, Cobb said. "With Yampa drying-off and the weather getting better, it should be just a matter of time before the scores really start to drop."