Nike Cleverly, left, tees up Tuesday while Callie Papoulas talks with coach Ann Marie Roberts about her tee shot during practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The Moffat County High School girls golf team competed Monday at the Rifle Creek Golf Course, finishing fourth out of seven teams.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Nike Cleverly, left, tees up Tuesday while Callie Papoulas talks with coach Ann Marie Roberts about her tee shot during practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The Moffat County High School girls golf team competed Monday at the Rifle Creek Golf Course, finishing fourth out of seven teams.

MCHS girls golf team places 4th out of 7 at Rifle Creek on Monday

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Rifle Creek Golf Course

Moffat County High School girls team

Monday

Team scores

1. Glenwood Springs, 276; 2. Palisade, 302; 3. Delta/Cedaredge, 311;

4. Moffat County, 340; 5. Grand Valley, 351; 6. Coal Ridge, 357; 7. Eagle Valley, inc.

Individual results (top 10)

1. Tasha Derby, Glenwood Springs, 82; 2. Michelle Stripp, Glenwood Springs, 84; 3. Heather Nicholson, Moffat County, 96; 4t. Micah Monger, Palisade, 100; 4t. Rachel Ryan, Palisade, 100; 6. Kendra Collette, Palisade, 102; 7t. Angela Bodner, Palisade, 103; 7t. Tiffany Schaaf, Delta/Cedaredge, 103; 9t. Dessa Markley, Delta/Cedaredge, 104; 9t. Carisa Schreekengost, Delta/Cedaredge, 104; 9t. Desiree Decker, Delta/Cedaredge, 104; 9t. Kaity Brown, Grand Valley, 104.

Another tournament and similar results for the Moffat County High School girls golf team.

On Monday at Rifle Creek Golf Course, the Bulldogs finished fourth out of seven teams, led again by junior Heather Nicholson.

"Heather has medaled at every tournament," coach Ann Marie Roberts said. "There's a group of four or five girls who are all up front every tournament with Heather."

Nicholson shot a 96, nowhere near her best for the season, but Roberts thinks she might be able to help her top golfer this week.

"I pulled up beside her, and she had just hit a nine iron when she should have used a seven," Roberts said. "We need to work on club selection this week. I was really surprised that all of our girls were consistently two clubs off what they should have been using."

Roberts has been working on the swing of first-year players, sophomore Nike Cleverly and freshman Sam Fox, and said she was excited for them during their driving range warm up Monday.

But the range accuracy didn't transfer to the course.

Cleverly turned in a 118, and Fox carded a 126 - not bad scores, but they also weren't improvements.

"I played the back nine first, which is the toughest part of the course, and handled it pretty good," Cleverly said. "On the front, I didn't stay focused, and on a couple of holes, I blew up."

The next tournament for the Bulldogs will be Monday in Craig.

Roberts said she thinks Cleverly and Fox are ready to drop their scores.

"They're close," she said. "They are hitting the ball better, but there are just a couple of small things to work through on their swing."

Cleverly said she's ready for her work in practice to pay off.

"I really hope the next tournament will show improvements that I've seen in practice," she said.

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