The golf meets Friday and Monday left many of the Moffat County High School girls feeling behind the pack compared to other teams.
"All of the teams that we played on Monday at Bookcliff had been out on their courses for at least three weeks, and our course is at least three weeks away from being playable," senior Kristen Reid said.
The girls' performance didn't surprise Coach Chuck Cobb. He believes the team lagged behind others mainly because they had been indoors and weren't able to play actual rounds of golf.
"We were hoping they'd go out and play well, and we weren't going to get excited if they didn't," Cobb said. "Now, if it were April and we played like that, I'd get a little excited."
The first game the girls played was a nine-hole scramble at Battlement Mesa on Friday. The scramble, which is a best-ball style of golf play, was used to get the girls out on a green course, Cobb said. Many of the girls just picked up their clubs coming into this spring's practices.
The Bookcliff Tournament held Monday, was the first 18 holes the girls had played as a team, and it was obvious to Cobb and his team that they're in dire need of a heat wave in the Yampa Valley.
"The girls were suffering from many of the things typical of a winter golfer, just the little things that can be worked out on a course, but can throw a golfers' game off," Cobb said.
One of the main problems the Lady 'Dogs encountered was fatigue from not being able to walk 18 holes until these last two meets. Cobb said the main problem with course fatigue is that it takes the legs out from under the golfer, and affects the shot by reducing the amount of power being transferred.
The girls did hit well from tee box to green, finding their drives and middle game early in the season, but their short game needs work, Cobb said.
"We're looking to reinforce the good things the girls are doing, and they're doing enough good things to do that, and where they're faltering, well, we'll at least know what to work on when we get outside," Cobb said.
Most of the girls at the Bookcliff Tournament shot in the low hundreds, way above their usual season averages. Junior Lindsey Scott was able to come away with the best score of the tournament, shooting a 91, which is still 10 to 15 shots above her average.
"It seemed that most of the girls shot the back nine better then the front. I think they were relaxing more toward the end. Lindsey, for example shot 50, 41. Had that been a 4l and a 41, she would have been shooting in season form," Cobb said.
The slowly melting snow in Moffat County has a way to go, so it's still the East Elementary School "links" for the Lady 'Dogs' practices. They will not compete in another tournament until March 27 at Rifle Creek. With spring break a week away, many of the Bulldog golfers plan to escape to more temperate climates, not just for fun, but to work the greens with the goal returning in season form.
"We just need to start looking forward to our next meet and put these two behind us. We're a little behind since we been inside so much, but we'll get there with a little time," Cobb said.