Golf duo ties at state

Innes, Nicholson finish 16th at state tournament

Megan Innes and Amber Nicholson got their wish.

The Moffat County golfers hoped that they would perform similarly at the Class 4A State Golf Tour--nament at Pueblo's Elmwood Golf Course on Monday and Tuesday. That way, they would both be happy together or share sadness.

The Bulldog golfers both finished with a two-round score of 175.

"We both know that we could have done better," said Nicholson, a junior. "But we were happy to shoot both of our rounds in the 80s."

Nicholson turned in an 86, a three-stroke improvement from Monday and her second-best score of the season.

"It seemed like I had to get out from under a tree almost every hole," she said.

Elmwood is an open course with few sand traps and no water hazards. Nicholson said it played similar to the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

"I had a blast playing on it," she said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't get any birdie putts to drop."

Innes, a sophomore, finished her second state tournament with an 88. She shot an 87 on Monday.

"My second shot hurt me all day," she said. "I wasn't very consistent."

The girls finished tied for 16th with six other golfers, including regional champion Emma Watson of Cedaredge. There were 72 golfers at the state tournament.

They were five strokes from finishing in the top 10 and earning a medal.

"There were places where we both could have made up at least five strokes," Nicholson said.

"We're a little disappointed because we know we could have played better," Innes added.

Despite the slight disappointment, both girls were proud of their seasons.

"It was great to make it (to state)," Nicholson said. "It was a good experience, and I hope to come back and be more competitive next year."

The two said they look forward to traveling the state to play golf this summer. They want to improve enough to be medalists at next year's tournament.

The overall winner of the 4A tournament was Kent Denver's Andrea Watts, who shot 77 and 75 to win the tournament by three strokes.

As a team, Kent Denver also outdistanced the competition with a two-day total of 479, 38 strokes better than second-place Pueblo South.

Rifle, the Western Regional champion finished last in the team competition with a score of 571. The Bear's top golfer in the tournament was senior Ashley Chastain, who turned in a 177.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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