There is something to be said for consistency.
After alternating top finishes all season long, Moffat County High School girls golfers Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes did so once again at the 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament, held at Rifle Creek.
Nicholson tied for first-place after 18 holes, but ended up finishing second to Rifle's Loren Forney after Nicholson bogeyed the fourth hole of a four-hole sudden-death tiebreaker. She carded an 83.
Innes placed third with an 84.
The MCHS duo helped pace the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in a field of 14 teams, scoring 276. Nicholson and Innes now move onto the 4A state tournament, held May 21 to 22 at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, by placing in top-10 individual golfers.
The entire Rifle varsity team advances to state after taking first at the regional meet, carding a collective 268.
Nicholson said she is excited to return to the 4A state championships.
"It is a lot more serious and you have officials around," she said. "There is a lot more pressure. It is just a different type of play."
Innes is making her third straight appearance at the state level. The junior golfer tied Nicholson for 16th-place last year.
"My goal this year is to place in the top-10 and get a medal," Innes said.
Tuesday marked the end of the season for Bulldog senior Emily Krogman, who tallied a 109, and freshman Heather Nicholson, 113.
MCHS coach Ann Marie Hamilton said the younger Nicholson can "chalk her score up to a bit of nerves."
"Unfortunately, Emily can't do it again next year, but the good news is that Heather will no longer be a rookie," she said.
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Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes received All-Conference accolades for their girls golf tournament play, and Heather Nicholson and Emily Krogman were honorable mention.
Amber tied for the lowest season average in the Western Slope, and Innes had the third lowest average.
Heather Nicholson and Krogman were selected honorable mention to the All-Conference team. Heather was one of only two freshmen to receive the award.