This wasn't the welcome they wanted.
The early meets for the Moffat County girls golf team always arescheduled farther south to escape the winter-like conditions that hang around Craig through March and April.
So on Wendesday, when the team traveled to Grand Junction's Lincoln Park Golf Course, the golfers weren't too excited to step out of the van into low temperatures and gusty winds.
"It was brutal," coach Anne Marie Hamilton said.
"It was constantly cold and windy."
Hamilton said she and most of the players were layered to stay warm, but when the final three holes rolled around, rain decided to make the day worse.
"The rain was sideways," the coach said.
The girls toughed it out during their first tournament back since spring break.
Junior Amy Coulter led the team with a 106 for 18 holes. Sophomore Amber Nicholson signed her card with a 108 and freshman Meghan Innes rounded out the top three with a 113.
"They all beat the scores they mentioned (before the tournament) in the van," Hamilton said.
The team score of 327 was good enough for eighth place out of 13 teams.
The top team score was a 271.
"We're trying to get into groove, and spring break and this weather isn't helping," the coach said.
Hamilton guessed that all the scores were about 10 strokes higher than a regular day.
The tournament winner shot eight strokes worse than she had in a tournament the previous (sunny) day.
All but one member of the nine-person team made the trip down to Grand Junction. The golfers who didn't compete hit at the driving range and watched the tournament with Hamilton.
"It was good for the freshmen who haven't played to get some work in," she said.
"It was just a long day."
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