Moffat County sophomore Amber Nicholson couldn't remember crying in a golf tournament before.
"I was 10 over on two holes," she said. "It was the first time I've cried ever in golf."
Bulldog coach Ann Marie Hamilton met up with Nichol-son at the time of bad holes.
"She said, "I lost it," the coach said. "Then I saw her again two holes later, and she was back on track."
Nicholson composed herself after the final two holes on the back nine of the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose to shoot a team best 92, which was good enough for the fifth-best score in Class 4A and helped the team to a fourth-place finish in 4A.
"The course reminds me of ours," Nicholson said. "It's more narrow on the back nine."
Nicholson turned in a 50 on the back nine and finished with a 42 on the front nine for the day.
"The 80s are obtainable," she said. "But I'd be happy with the same score next time."
Moffat and the rest of the Class 4A Western Slope schools will return to Black Canyon on May 10 for the regional tournament.
If Thursday had been the regional, Glenwood Springs would have earned the team qualification to state with a score of 266. Cedaredge was second in 4A with 289 and Rifle was third with a team score of 295.
Freshman Meghan Innes and senior Kaylee Perry finished with scores of 103 and 104, respectively. The Bulldogs' team score of 299 was ninth overall.
"We made a few mental mistakes out there," Hamilton said. "We had too many drives that went out of bounds."
The windy conditions were another factor to which Hamilton said her team didn't adjust well.
"It's a course we'll get to play again before the regional," she said. "I think they can play better after seeing the course."
Junior Chelsey Herod shot a 105, and sophomore Emily Krogman turned in a 117 for the other two scores from Moffat County.
The Bulldogs are done with regular season tournament unless they decide to go to Gunnison on Tuesday.
"We'll talk about that next," Hamilton said.