Amy Coulter's drive off the fourth tee at Glenwood Springs' The Hill Golf Course was a good summation of the girls golf team's effort Monday -- solid but just short of the mark.
Coulter, a junior, came within two inches of a hole in one en route to shooting a 104. As a team, the girls shot 308, 11 strokes behind Glenwood Springs High School. Rifle finished second with a 303 team score.
It marked the first time the girls competed in an all-4A field. Coach Ann Marie Hamilton was pleased with the team's third-place showing, but sees room for improvement in the short game.
"We'll definitely be working our putting this whole week," she said. "If we an putt well, we'll definitely drop some scores."
Sophomore Amber Nicholson broke 100 for the first time this season, leading the team with a score of 99 and sixth-place finish overall. Freshman Meghan Innes finished a stroke back of Coulter with a 105. Coulter finished in 11th place and Innes was 12th.
Going into the match, Hamilton expected Rifle to be the front runners but was surprised by Glenwood's first-place finish.
Conditions were conducive to good scores. The afternoon started out calm on the front nine, but things got a little breezy on the back nine, Hamilton said.
So far, different players have stepped up to lead the team.
"They're all pulling their own weight," Hamilton said. "If one is down, the others are up."
Aside from the team leaders, the coach was impressed with some of the younger players on the team.
"Emily Krogman busted her score by 14 shots. She shot a 113. Every tournament she gets better," the coach said.
"Brittany Goss got second in the JV."