Moffat County High School senior Meghan Innes will be heading off to Carroll College in Helena, Mont., this fall. The four-year state qualifier plans to major in nursing.

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Moffat County High School senior Meghan Innes will be heading off to Carroll College in Helena, Mont., this fall. The four-year state qualifier plans to major in nursing.

A new challenge

MCHS senior Meghan Innes eighth athlete to earn college scholarship

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Senior Meghan Innes became the eighth MCHS athlete to earn a college scholarship this school year, making her the first golfer on that list.

Innes will attend Carroll College in Helena, Mont., beginning in the fall, and according to her, she's had her sights set on it for quite some time.

"Ever since I was little, I wanted to earn a scholarship in golf," Innes said. "Since I was young. All through high school, I've thought about it, especially my junior year - that's when you have to do good because that's when you start to talk to coaches."

As far as coaching goes, her parents introduced her to the sport at a young age - which she credits as a part of her success - but she said the coach who made the biggest impact in her career is MCHS girls coach Ann Marie Roberts.

"Ann Marie taught me most of my skills," Innes said. "She's responsible for a lot of it."

Roberts said she is proud of Innes' improvement throughout her four years as coach, but she places the credit right back at Innes.

"I started when she was a freshman," Roberts said. "She got stronger from swimming for a couple of years. And, she got much more knowledgeable out there on the course. It's all her. I don't swing the club for her."

Innes joins Caitlin Conci (University of Wyoming - swimming) Kelsey Conci (University of North Dakota - swimming) JT Haddan (Colorado State University at Pueblo - football) Angie Charchalis (Colorado School of Mines - basketball) Markie Workman (Adams State College - basketball) Cassie Rogers (Hope International University - cheerleading) and Amy Dilldine (Colorado Northwestern Community College - volleyball).

"We, as an athletic program have had a great year," MCHS Athletic/Activities Director Jeff Simon said. "I think this is the most we've ever had sign, and the year isn't over yet."

Innes chose Carroll College over Mesa State University in Grand Junction and Sonoma State University in California.

Why Carroll?

"They have a really good academic program, especially for nursing," Innes said. "They have a golf team that's kind of starting over and they're rebuilding."

Innes said she doesn't know where her career path will go, but she said as a nurse, if she were to see a horrendous golf injury, it wouldn't make her stop golfing.

"I'll still play golf no matter what," she said. "It's a lifelong sport, and I've got to come back to play in the Silver Bullet tournament" in Craig.

She admitted she is nervous about college, being away from family, having to make new friends and playing for a new coach.

"I'm nervous cause it's a long way away. I chose a school that's a long ways away," she said. "So, it'll be tough, but I'm excited for a new challenge, a change, something new."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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