A longer course and 4A state championship nerves played a role in the outcome of Moffat County High School girls golfers Amber Nicholson and Meghan Innes' Monday afternoon.
All state golfers will tee off from the white tees, which are about 500 to 600 yards further in total distance.
Nicholson carded a 46 on the front nine and a 37 on the back for a first-day total of 83, and Innes a 53 and 42 for her total of 95.
"It's a long course," said MCHS coach Ann Marie Hamilton.
"Last year's course was really fair and short. I think the distance may have affected their scores -- and a bit of nerves," Hamilton said.
"They both played better on the back nine after calming down. You always have state jitters when you want something."
The official results from the first day had yet to be posted.
Nicholson, playing at the state level for the second year in a row, pointed to the front nine as the toughest part of her day.
"I was actually hitting the ball well today," she said.
"They were all lipping out -- it kind of goes around the cup and then out. It is kind of like it plays with you."
Innes, a junior who has been to state all three years as a Bulldog, had a hard time staying within the fairway.
"The first hole it started out rough because I was in the water hazard three times," Innes said.
"Then I have been sick the past week or so. It was rough. The front nine was a lot harder than the back nine -- that is why I shot a 53. I got into a lot of sand traps -- most of the ones they had. But it was good that I was able to get a 42 on the back nine."
Nicholson and Innes play 18 more holes on the par-71 course today in search of a top-10 finish.