Golfers place second on tough Rifle course


Junior Lindsey Scott won her first individual meet Tuesday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, and led her team to a second-place finish in the tournament.

This was the second tournament the Lady 'Dogs have participated in this year, and is the best place they have taken this season.

Two Moffat County girls placed in the top five, Scott earned the first-place finish with a score of 87, and senior Vanessa Wilson tied with Ali Crum of Basalt for fourth place, both shooting a 95.

"It's been one of the best scores that I've shot this year, but all together my game didn't feel right," Scott said.

Melanie Peters, Laura Duran, and Amber Sanchez all shot more than 100, but weather has prevented them from getting on the course as much as Scott or Wilson have.

The team's early season play has improved, according to Coaches Tom Dockstader and Chuck Cobb, but the break in practice and competition caused by spring vacation has been a set back.

Many of the girls did try to overcome the week lay-off by playing some rounds of golf over vacation, but Tuesday's tournament was the first round of the golf for a majority of the girls.

"Were still really suffering from a lot of early season problems, and many of those problems revolve around the short game," Cobb said. "As a team we're not to worried about where we're at. In fact, the team's doing great, though many of the girls may disagree."

At Rifle Creek the 'Dogs hit well from tee to green, but they suffered a break down on their shooting on the fairway.

Putting, Cobb said, is much like making freethrows in basketball, it's something that is a must for a successful athlete. He figures each of the girls on the team is shooting 10 putts over what they should be, but the short game problem can't be solved until the team can hit the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

"The girls' putts are the main problem right now. When the strokes on the green come down, we'll be playing more of our A-game, but it's still early in the season and we're not an early-season team," Cobb said.

Both coaches are optimistic about their chances of sending an entire team to state this year, feeling the key is to keep progressing throughout the season.

The junior varsity team's scheduled scramble was changed to regular tournament-style play each girl played the lie of her ball.

Dockstader, who followed the JV match, said that the girls played a good round of golf, and that the tournament was an excellent opportunity for the team because its playing time will be cut down because of travel restrictions.

"I'm glad that we were able to get everyone a round of golf in, it's just too bad that we can't take the whole team every time we travel," Dockstader said.

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