What a difference a day makes for the Moffat County High School girls golf team.
In their first tournament of the year on Monday, the top three Bulldogs shot a 347 at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction. Tuesday, the team improved by 40 strokes at the Brookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.
"That's the difference of getting one day in hitting a real golf ball," said coach Tom Dockstader. "They were nervous on the first day since they hadn't been on a course since the fall and today they were much more relaxed and played more to our expectations."
On Monday, Brittany Hutton led the Bulldogs with a season opening 107, good enough for 18th place. Kassi Shafer, an import from Rangely, tied for 23rd with a 110. Morgan Cobb rounded out the top three with a 130 and 39th place. Stephanie Kloos shot a 145 for 46th and Kaylee Perry was unable to finish her round because of darkness. The team left before the team scores were released but Dockstader guessed they were around eighth out of 11 teams.
The scores dropped on Tuesday with a course that Dockstader said was more wide open but he also thought his girls were more relaxed the second time out.
Shafer led MCHS with a score of 92 followed by Hutton's 99 and Cobb's 116. Perry was able to finish her round on Tuesday and shot a 121 followed by Kloos' 125. The 307 for the Bulldogs was good enough for fifth place out of 12 teams.
"We were able to see Eagle Valley, who is the team to beat in our region again this year," Dockstader said. "We've got a ways to go but it's early."
Fans of warm weather should become followers of the golf team as it played in 70-degree temperatures both days.
Playing outside in Grand Junction was a change from the last two weeks for the golf team as it practiced in East Elementary School. According to Dockstader, the team had been hitting foam balls and putting on the carpet.
"The carpet is almost like glass in the school," he said. "So we haven't really had any real experience until this week."
The Bulldogs have a break from competition until after Spring Break on April 2 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita.
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