It has been three weeks since the Moffat County High School girls golf team has fielded a full team. On Tuesday, the comforts of the home course also will bring a full team back to competition.
"If we play well we should have a chance to win the tournament," said coach Tom Dockstader. "It will be nice to have everyone there to put it together for our last tournament before regionals."
At least nine teams will converge on the Yampa Valley Golf Course Tuesday for 18 holes. While Eagle Valley, the top Class 4A team on the Western Slope, is not bringing its varsity team, Grand Junction, Montrose and Palisade will be there to challenge for the title.
In addition to having the all five varsity golfers at one tournament, all of the other Bulldog golfers will be out on the course for a round.
"Our course is great for high school aged golfers," Dockstader said. "It is more forgiving and has less penalties than many of the courses they play on."
The Bulldogs traveled to Battlement Mesa Golf Course Thursday for one day of a two-day tournament. Brittany Hutton returned after dropping out of the team's last tournament because of back pain. She shot an 88, which was good enough for a top-10 finish. The regular second best golfer for MCHS, Cassie Shafer, was sick and didn't golf for the Bulldogs. Morgan Cobb filled in to shoot a 102 and Kaylee Perry rounded out the scoring with a 124.
Dockstader and the team didn't stay for the final standings but he said with the absence of Shafer they were "pretty far down the line."
"Brittany's back was still bothering her and without Cassie we weren't going to get that low of a score," he said. "Kaylee and Stephanie (Kloos, the fifth golfer on varsity) are capable of being in the low 100s they just need a breakthrough."
For the home tournament Dockstader said he hoped to see Hutton and Shafer in the 80s and Cobb in the 90s. He also hoped to see that breakthrough he talked about for Perry and Kloos. Four golfers will represent the Bulldogs at the regional tournament, so Perry and Kloos will be battling for that spot.
The tournament starts at 10 a.m. at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.