Haunted by 100

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At the moment, the century mark is not a welcome number for members of the Moffat County girls golf team.

The team needs to have more than one golfer in the sub-100s in order to be a top team on the Western Slope.

"It's like one or two strokes a hole," sophomore Amber Nicholson said.

"No, it's not that bad," coach Ann Marie Hamilton said about her girls' 100 + curse. "It's more like one or two every nine."

It may feel like one or two strokes a hole for Nicholson, who said she has been trying to fix a bad habit in her swing for a couple of weeks.

"It's frustrating," she said. "As soon as it comes together though it'll be good."The Bulldog team has chased Glenwood Springs and Rifle all season. They consistently have finished behind those teams all spring.

To compete with those two teams, they'll need to be in the low 300s or high 200s as a team. The team's lowest score this season is a 306.

That means that the top three golfers need to average right about or a little better than a 100 for 18 holes.

Three golfers have broken 100 this year, but none have done it on the same day.

Nicholson's best is a 99. Her 47 on the front nine in Rifle on Wednesday had her on the verge for a great day, but things weren't the same on the back nine.

"I was hitting the ball straight the first nine," said Nicholson, who finished the day with a 107. "I just need to be more consistent."

Freshman Meghan Innes owns the team's best round of the season. She shot a 94 on April 14 in Carbondale.

"I need to work on chipping," she said. "I played in a lot of junior tournaments before but they were nine holes. I'm still inconsistent for 18."

Junior Kaylee Perry shot a 96 in the team's first tournament before spring break. Since then she has competed only once. She was out two weeks with a disciplinary suspension, and she missed another week when she was on the P.E.3 trip to the Grand Canyon.

Juniors Chelsey Herod and Amy Coulter have been flirting with breaking 100 all spring. Coulter led the team with a 105 at Rifle.

"She's been playing well," Hamilton said. "I think she could be the one to step up as our third girl."

Hamilton said the mental factor that she has stressed in her coaching is for the girls to not think too big.

"If they just shoot bogey golf that's a 90," he said.

"They are looking too much at trying to get a par and then they get too frustrated if they don't."

Monday could provide an opportunity for the breakthrough.

The Bulldogs get to golf at the friendly confines of the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Perry, Nicholson and Coulter all had their best scores of the year at home last year.

"We should break the 100s here," Nich-olson said.

Glenwood and Rifle will be here with six other teams.

Nicholson and Innes will be paired together Monday.

"That should help us be more relaxed and have fun," Innes said.

"We'll be working on stuff the next four days," Hamilton said. "Monday should be good."

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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