Golfers finish content with state experience

While they might not have felt they brought their A game, Moffat County High School golfers Brittany Hutton and Morgan Cobb survived the second day of the state tournament without any meltdowns.

"I'd been having problems with my short game and that continued at state," Hutton said. "I was able to keep in front of half the field but with an improved short game, I could be up at the top."

The MCHS junior shot a 102 on the second day to finish with a 200 for the two-day tournament. The two-day total placed her in a tie for 43rd out of 72 golfers at the tournament.

For Cobb, her ball spent some time the sand and water.

"I found a lot of hazards on the second day," Cobb said. "They weren't my best rounds of golf, but I enjoyed the experience."

After a rough start with a 10 at the third hole and a 58 on her first nine, Cobb came back to shoot a 53 on the back nine for a 111. She finished the tournament in 63rd with a score of 225.

For Hutton, the opportunity was a learning experience for next year, while Cobb was there to enjoy the final outing of her prep golf career.

"I know what I need to work on this summer," Hutton said. "The most difficult things for me were my short game and my nerves."

Hutton, who was the Bulldogs' top golfer in all but one tournament she played in, battled her nerves all year and it was the same at state.

"I started getting sick at the first tee box," she said. "I was able to settle down after the initial nervousness."

Cobb, who grew up around a golf course with a golf pro father, enjoyed the opportunity to be at her own big show.

"Just being there was a great way to finish my career," said the future Western State College student. "Nobody expected me to be there, so I had no pressure and just went out and played how I could."

The only team to represent the Western Slope in the tournament was Eagle Valley, which took second to three-time champion Mullen High School -- a spot that Cobb said shows the capability of the region.

"It says something when we have the only team from the west get second," she said. "It gives the girls coming back next year something to shoot for."

Hutton will be shooting as often as she can in the summer.

"I'm going to be out on the course almost every day," she said. "I want to see if I can go strong next year and be with the leaders."

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