Golf team improves drastically

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On the second nine holes of Monday's high school girls golf tournament in Fruita, Moffat County coach Ann Marie Hamilton watched the swing come together for three of her golfers.

On Tuesday, it carried over even more.

"The girls started feeling what they have been working on," Hamilton said. "They gained some confidence at this meet."

The Moffat County High School Bulldog golfers turned in a combined score of 268 from their three best golfers, which was the top Class 4A score at the Tiara Rado golf course in Grand Junction. The team finished fourth overall in the tournament.

"The greens were faster today than yesterday," Hamilton said. "We've been putting on the gym floor, which is really fast, so that might have helped them."

Moffat County's team practices are limited to East Elementary School gym until the snow melts off Yampa Valley Golf Course. The consecutive meets in Grand Junction were the first two times most of them had been on a course since the fall.

Despite that, junior Amber Nicholson shot an 84 to lead the 4A golfers and finish fifth overall. Sophomore Meghan Innes was the second best 4A golfer with an 85. Senior Chelsey Herod turned in a 99, and senior Amy Coulter golfed a 100. Natasha Champman rounded out the top five with a 126.

"I was more consistent today," said Nicholson, who shot a 94 on Monday. "Most of us improved today and made out goal."

Herod and Innes improved a combined 29 shots from Monday. After tying for second among the 4A schools Monday, the Bulldogs shot 26 shots better than the second place 4A team.

"It's exciting to see Chelsey have her first sub-100 game and Amy come so close," Hamilton said. "I hope that confidence can carry over to after break."

The Bulldogs have another tournament April 3. Some of the team is going to a clinic March 18 to get out of the gym.

Until then, they'll hope the snow melts.

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