Golfers vie for final spots on team

Lauren Stover sees opportunity Thursday and Friday at the Delta Invitational.

It is the Moffat County High School sophomore golfer's first varsity tournament and her chance to prove she's ready to be part of the team. With five golfers, including Stover, fighting for the fourth and fifth spot on the varsity team every swing counts and so does every tournament.

"It's a season goal of mine to make it to the regional tournament, so every opportunity I get I need to play excellent," she said.

"We have a lot of young girls on our team and at the end of the season it will be the scores that will tell who will be playing in the post season."

Stover came up in the ranks of the younger players by outshining them in recent practices. It also falls in line with coach Chuck Cobb's scheme of figuring out who will round out the team.

"We've been making sure we rotate the girls so they can get experience, not miss too much school and help the coaches figure out who will fill the last two spots," he said.

Stover has two obstacles in fulfilling her dream. The Delta Tournament will be played at two golf courses, Cedar Ridge and Devils Thumb, neither of which the sophomore has never played.

But none of the team has played Devils Thumb the second day's course because it's only two years old and no tournament has been held there.

The lack of knowledge of the new course may be an advantage to Stover and the rest of the team. With little to think about regarding Devils Thumb, the girls should play it as it meant to be played with no preconceptions, Cobb said.

"The girls will be less likely to think they can make shots just because they've played the course before," he said.

Before jumping into the unknowns of Devils Thumb the girls will have to deal with Cedar Edge, a course that masks its true self in a tame front nine.

Turning the corner, the Lady 'Dogs will encounter a twisting, hilly beast with narrow fairways and the added stress of having the hardest walk of the season, according to Cobb.

"We're still trying to get back into golf shape," he said. "People don't realize the kind of endurance needed to keep performing after walking a course and swinging a club."

For senior Lindsey Scott, who shot an 81 at Thursday's tournament, the walk isn't that big of a deal. She said she feels her team is ready for it.

"It will be good for us," she said. "Cedar Edge is a hard course to walk and it will have us tired for the next day but it will challenge us."

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