Golf team second at regional

Two individuals qualify for state tournament

In their final high school regional, two Moffat County senior girl golfers had mixed results.

Morgan Cobb picked the right day to have her best round of golf in a high school competition while teammate Cassi Shafer continued to have misfortune at the Western Slope Class 4A regional golf tournament.

Cobb's 99 was good enough for fifth place and a state qualification. Shafer's 108 was two strokes over the state cutoff. This comes after the senior missed the cut by one stroke last year.

"Bar none that was Morgan's best round in her high school career," said coach Chuck Cobb. "Cassi was understandably heartbroken after missing by one stroke last year."

In addition to Cobb's qualification, Brittany Hutton's 104 was good enough for 10th and a trip to the state tournament.

Shafer would have still been able to get to the state tournament if the Bulldogs won the tournament, but Eagle Valley took team honors and captured its third-consecutive regional title. The Devils' score of 286 was the tournament's best and the Bulldogs score of 311 was good enough for second.

Although the Bulldogs were unable to get the win, a second-place finish at the regional was what the team's coaches knew it was capable of doing.

"We struggled a little the last couple of weeks," coach Cobb said. "They battled back on a difficult golf course to get second."

Eagle Valley hosted the meet at Cotton Ranch Golf Course, which is, according to the coaches, one of the toughest courses in the state.

"I think what makes Eagle Valley such a good team every year is that they practice on such a tough golf course," Cobb said. "They not only learn to play, but they learn

to survive."

Survival was a key for golfers Tuesday as only five shot under 100.

"It was survival of the person who could hang in there the most," Cobb said of the windy conditions and narrow course.

The top two finishers, Kristin Walla of Aspen and Charly Hoehen of Eagle Valley, who shot 81 and 83 respectively, distanced themselves from the rest of the field.

"That was an exceptional round from both of those girls," Cobb said. "Their scores makes it difficult to say that it was such a tough course, but those two are in the top five in the state."

In preparation for the tournament, Cobb told his team to be prepared for bad holes. The focus should have been on keeping shots minimal and taking it one shot at a time -- something he said Morgan Cobb did well.

"It was a matter of looking at it from point A to point B to point C instead of as one hole," he said. "Morgan stayed out of terrible trouble."

Trouble found Shafer on her first nine holes as she shot a 57. She recovered for a 51 in her final nine but she had a nine on her final hole of the day, which took her out of contention.

The fourth member of the Bulldogs was junior Stephanie Kloos, who shot a 133 in her first regional.

Cobb and Hutton will take the rest of the week off and then prepare next week for the state tournament, which will be May 19 and 20 in Arvada.

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