One week of outside practice can work wonders. Just ask Moffat County High School girls golf coach Tom Dockstader.
Coming off the first week of practice at the Yampa Valley Golf Course the Lady 'Dogs placed third at the Glenwood Springs Invitational Thursday at the River Valley Ranch Golf Course.
Before the invitational the girls had played three matches with their only preparation coming from indoor practices at East Elementary School.
Durango and Montrose were the two out of the nine teams in attendance to edge out Moffat County.
Senior Lindsey Scott, who is considered the major threat on the Western Slope, stroked her first first-place of the year shooting an 81.
The score was one stroke better than her closest competitor.
"Lindsey had a good match even though she struggled on her short game," Dockstader said. "But at this time in the season all the girls are struggling on their short game."
Dockstader isn't just talking about the Lady 'Dogs trouble on the green because the top-three girls at the tournament
stroke 19 extra putts across the course.
The next lowest Lady 'Dog was senior Laura Duran who shot a season low 99.
She was joined by two other teammates in season best performances.
Sophomore Brittany Hutton shot a 100 and junior Morgan Cobb shot a 117.
"The girls are right where we expect them to be in the season," Dockstader said. "Their short game needs work but they're hitting well from the tee."
It will be a few more weeks before Dockstader expects the girls to be in season form but the warm weather and access to the course will speed things along.
"It will be two or three weeks before we see the girls peak," he said. "But that's when we want them too right before the regional tournament."