Ann Marie Hamilton had to wait until the first tournament of the year to see what her girls could do on the golf course.
Until Monday, the Moffat County High School girls' golf team had been confined to practicing indoors at East Elementary School.
The team finished fifth in a field of 12 teams at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, which pleased the first-year coach.
"It was very exciting for them because they were the only team that hadn't been on a course," Hamilton said.
Kaylee Perry, the team's only senior, led the team with a score of 96. Meghan Innes, a freshman, shot a 102 and junior Chelsea Herod shot a 115. Up to give golfers can compete, but only the top three count toward the team score.
Hamilton saw enough to feel good about the team's future.
"Meghan is going to be a great putter; if you can be a great putter that's half the battle," she said. "Kaylee has a brand new swing. She's got a new lilttle move she created that's going to give her more power and distance."
Hamilton told the team not to worry about scores; "just go out and hit some good shots.
On Tuesday, the team played at the Bookcliffs Golf Course in Grand Junction and finished sixth out of 11 teams. The team was down to three players because of illness.
"They were under a little pressure because they knew their scores had to count, but they did great," Hamilton said. "I'm very proud of their attitude. They have a great mindset and hold their heads up."
Hamilton is a golf pro at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. She grew up in Craig and left for about 10 years after attending college in Nebraska. She moved back in October. She has played in one tour event on the LPGA.
The team will take the week of spring break off then prepare for a tournament at Lincoln Park on March 23.
But they still don't know exactly when their going to get some tee times at the golf course.
"There's still a lot of ice out there," Hamilton said.