Wind plays havoc with golf team's lineup

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With gusts of wind surpassing 40 mph at last week's Eagle Valley Invitational one thing was certainly blown away any die-hard idea on who will be the fourth golfer for the Lady 'Dogs.

The Moffat County High School girls golf team attended a two-day meet that wasn't just windswept but snowy to boot. Spring flurries cancelled the first day of play Wednesday at Cotton Ranch Golf Course and the wind added ten strokes to every golfer's score on Thursday at Eagle Ranch Golf Course.

Three golfers, none of whom were Lady 'Dogs, escaped the gusts with scores below 100. Senior Lindsey Scott and junior Kate Shafer were the lowest shooters for the Moffat County team. They both cashed in scores of 103.

"Eagle Valley turned out to have some of the hardest conditions we've seen all year," Cobb said. "The biggest problem with not having two good days of golf is were still searching for our fourth golfer."

Spots one through three are a virtual lock for the Lady 'Dogs at this point. But fluctuating play by a number of younger golfers is making the choice for the fourth golfer difficult for the coaches.

Scott, senior Laura Duran and sophomore Brittany Hutton are Cobb's choices as the top-three swingers for the Lady 'Dogs. His choice for fourth will most likely be hastened this Friday and Saturday at the Grand Valley Invitational.

The Grand Valley Invitational is considered a sneak-peek of what the Western Slope Regionals will look like, Cobb said, with a bulk of the team from this side of the Continental Divide teeing off.

Many Front Range teams make the trip down the Interstate 70 corridor to Battlement Mesa Golf Course and Rifle Creek Golf Course for the two-day tournament.

Denver's Mullen High School, a perennial Class 4A powerhouse, is a mainstay at the tournament and demonstrates the caliber of the tournament.

"Historically the GVI gives us a good feel for what's on the Western Slope," Cobb said. "With the East Slope teams that show up it's a good test of competition."

The relentless competition of the Grand Valley Invitational, along with the April 29 MCHS Invitational, are the testing grounds for six Lady 'Dogs golfers who will be shooting for the last spot on the team.

The combined three days of varsity golf left on the schedule makes it imperative that Cobb determine who will be the most consistent by the May 7-8 Regional Tournament in Gunnison.

"The girls who are going for the fourth spot on the team have all had their moments this year," Cobb said. "They've also had their bad days so it's all going to come down to who looks the most consistent at the end of the season."

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