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Golfers take top spots at home tournament

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In the five years Tom Dockstader has been coaching girls golf at Moffat County High School he's never seen a team score like it did Monday.

The Lady 'Dogs took places one through three in the last varsity tournament of the year the Moffat County High School Invitational. Along with winning the tournament hands down on their home turf, all but one of the MCHS girls shot the best score of their season and combined for the best team score so far - a 253.

"I can't tell you how happy I am with how these girls are playing," Dockstader said. "The 261 they shot during the second day of the Grand Valley Invitational and improving on that today should really relieve some pressure heading into regionals."

To senior Lindsey Scott Yampa Valley Golf Course's holes must have looked the size of basketball hoops as she played her season's best round.

The senior, considered by most prep golfers to be the best the Western Slope has to offer, shot a 77, marking her first trip into the 70s and adding another first-place medal to her collection.

Senior Laura Duran and junior Rangley import Cassie Shafer followed Scott's suit knocking their strokes down further from their previous best showing Saturday at Rifle Creek Golf Course during the GVI.

Duran shot an 88 and Shafer tied her. The girls also tied for second place.

Sophomore Brittany Hutton was the only Lady 'Dog who did not improve her season's best but missed it only by the slimmest margins. Hutton shot an 89 during Saturday's section of the GVI and shot a 90 Monday filling out the clean sweep of the first three places.

"Our expectations to send an entire team to state is extremely high right now," Hutton said. "We've just come to practice everyday making a commitment to improve and we improve every time we play."

The girls will get some time off before traveling to the May 8-9 regional tournament at Gunnison's Dos Rios Golf Course. They will forgo Friday's Montrose Invitational to recuperate and grab nearly two weeks of practice instead.

They will also set their sights on alleviating the stress that only one Lady 'Dog has had to deal with the pressure of playing in a regional tournament.

"Pressure is the one thing that might make us choke," Duran said. "But after the last two tournaments I have a lot of confidence and the rest of our team should, too."

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