Golfers fight weather first day

Moffat County High School golfers Morgan Cobb and Brittany Hutton Sunday played their practice round for the state tournament on a picturesque spring afternoon.

Then Monday came and the sunshine cascading through the trees for the opening round was forgotten.

"It was cold, rainy and miserable," coach Chuck Cobb said. "Not what somebody would dream about for a state tournament experience."

Morgan Cobb and Hutton played through the grumpy side of spring weather with 70 other golfers on Monday at West Woods Golf Club in Arvada. Through the first round, Hutton is in 33rd with a score of 98. Cobb shot a 112 and is sitting in 60th.

Coach Cobb said Hutton took a couple of holes to settle down but once she did, she hit the ball well. Her downfall on the day was bunkers.

"Brittany couldn't stay away from the bunkers," he said. "With wet bunkers from the rain, it is hard to get out of those."

Despite being more acquainted with the bunkers than she would have liked, coach Cobb said Hutton had a good opening round.

"She had some shots she would have liked back," he said. "But relatively she should be pleased."

Morgan Cobb's mistakes were ones that a golfer normally doesn't mind making.

"She hit the ball too well sometimes," coach Cobb said. "There are a lot of dog legs on the course and Morgan was hitting it past them into the rough."

Coach Cobb, the golf pro at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, said the course was in tough shape from last year's drought.

"There were a lot of uneven spots from drought kill off," he said. "They've done everything they can to fix it, but the greens are bumpy and kids couldn't make up strokes on the greens."

After the first day, Mullen High School was leading by 20 strokes in front of Western Slope's Eagle Valley in the team race.

The second round of the tournament started this morning at 8 a.m. for Hutton and 9:15 for Cobb.

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