With three of the four Lady 'Dogs golfers hitting their season's best scores Saturday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, the team was able to salvage a fourth-place finish in the two-day Grand Valley Invitational.
When the Moffat County High School girls' golf team finished Friday's first round of the GVI at Battlement Mesa Golf Course
they were in 10th place with 301 points.
All but senior Lindsey Scott shot in the hundreds and the finish required a stellar second day to be rectified.
It was a stellar second day for the Lady 'Dogs as juniors Brittany Hutton and Cassie Shafer and senior Laura Duran all hit their season's best scores.
"We talked about playing to our potential before Saturday's round," coach Tom Dockstader said. "And we ended up doing it."
The Lady 'Dogs beat every Class 4A team in the 27-school field with the exception of Montrose.
The three girls who hit their season's best scores did so on the challenging links of Rifle Creek Golf Course, which features a back nine notoriously narrow and winds through a canyon.
Hutton scored an 89, Duran hit a 91 and Shafer followed with a 97. Scott, who was the team's top swinger both days, finished with an 81 on Saturday.
The combine score on the second day was 261, a full 40-stroke improvement on the first day's showing.
"The GVI has a real chance of being a confidence booster for those three girls," Dockstader said.
"If we can repeat a 261 at regionals there won't be a team close to us."
Before the Lady 'Dogs can worry about the May 14-15 regional tournament at Gunnison's Dos Rios Golf Course, they have two regular season matches to finish, starting with today's Moffat County High School Invitational and finishing at Friday's Montrose Invitational.
While a full team of varsity golfers will play their home links, it is as yet undecided who will travel to Montrose because the coaches
are tinkering with the idea of fielding a junior varsity squad for Montrose.
"We most likely won't send a varsity squad to Montrose, unless Lindsey wants to get more points for Golfer of the Year," Dockstader said.
"But that shouldn't happen because there's nobody close to her."