MCHS girls golfers beat both elements and opponents

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Mother Nature didn't allow the Moffat County High School girls golf team to play 18 holes Monday, but the Bulldogs came in first place nonetheless.

Due to lightning on the Cotton Valley Golf Course near Montrose, the tournament was shortened from 18 holes to nine.

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MCHS came in first out of six 4A teams, and were led by junior Meghan Innes' 41.

Innes attributed her success to a switch in putters.

"I felt really good," she said. "I had a really tall putter and now I have a regular one and it helped me. I had been three putting a lot in past tournaments, and that really adds to your score."

Senior Amber Nicholson came in fourth overall with a 43 and her sister Heather carded a 47.

"It's a bummer for her as she only had three holes left and was on her way to breaking one hundred," coach Ann Marie Hamilton said of Heather.

Senior Emily Krogman shot a 54.

In junior varsity action, Clarissa Dilldine connected for a 65, and Elizabeth Hepworth a 74.

"The kids were hitting really good today," Hamilton said. "Emily has come up, and they are peaking at the right time."

Krogman described her first experience on Cotton Valley as "the most challenging course so far."

"It was actually a really difficult course," Krogman said. "A real precision course. Overall, I would say my chipping was improved, but my drives were not so good. I really need to get out there and work on my long drives. I keep going to the right, and I need to work on turning my body."

MCHS hosts its only tournament of the year 10 a.m. Monday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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