Golfers open season in 2nd place

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Considering they were the only team that hadn't been on a golf course before Monday, members of the Moffat County girls golf team performed well in the season's first tournament.

The Bulldogs' top three scorers combined for a 302, which tied for second among the six Class 4A teams at the Redlands Country Club in Fruita.

"Everything is a lot different when you get outside," coach Ann Marie Hamilton said. "Everybody but us had been out already, and none of the girls on the team had seen this course."

Junior Amber Nicholson led the team with a score of 94 for 18 holes. She turned in the second-best score of the Class 4A individuals. Senior Amy Coulter was the second-best Bulldog, with a 103.

"Amy had one bad hole that kept her from breaking 100," Hamilton said.

Sophomore Meghan Innes and senior Chelsey Herod had been working on stroke technique going into the meet, and Hamilton said it clicked for both of them on the second nine. They finished with a 105 and 113, respectively.

Sophomore Natasha Chapman shot a 125, which broke her established goal of breaking 130 before the end of the season. She also earned her first birdie of her career.

Today the Bulldog golfers are in Grand Junction playing at the Tiara Rado course.

"The key is to keep improving," Hamilton said. "I think that's more than likely for Day 2."

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