MCHS junior Heather Nicholson has placed in every tournament so far this year. She, like her teammates, now turn attention to a home tournament tentatively scheduled for later this week and the state-qualifying, regional tournament next week in Montrose.

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MCHS junior Heather Nicholson has placed in every tournament so far this year. She, like her teammates, now turn attention to a home tournament tentatively scheduled for later this week and the state-qualifying, regional tournament next week in Montrose.

Golfers eye tourneys

MCHS fine-tuning in preparation for end of season contests

Ann Marie Roberts, coach of the Moffat County High School girls golf team, woke up about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning and found the ground covered in snow.

About 30 minutes later, she started calling other coaches from around the Western Slope with bad news: MCHS' home golf tournament scheduled to begin a few hours later at Yampa Valley Golf Course would have to be canceled.

Roberts said she is trying to reschedule the tournament for Thursday. That date hadn't been confirmed as of press time Monday evening.

"(May 5) is our regional, so it's kind of squeezing it in at the last minute," the coach said about her team's home tournament. "We'd kind of like to have it."

Should the tournament be rescheduled, Roberts will put forth a lineup of senior Bonnie Flanders, junior Heather Nicholson, sophomores Nike Cleverly and Callie Papoulas and freshman Sam Fox.

Although weather scratched the Bulldogs' home tilt, it had cleared enough by Monday afternoon for the team to get some work in.

Roberts said she and her players spent Monday's practice session fine-tuning particular aspects of their games. That also will be the goal of practices today and Wednesday.

Areas of focus for the coming days:

On Papoulas: "Callie is hitting the ball probably the best she ever hit it, but her putting is off, so tomorrow she'll hit some balls, but we'll work on her putting," Roberts said.

On Cleverly: She needs more chipping and putting consistency, the coach said.

On Fox: "Sam was hitting the ball so good a week ago," Roberts said. "Now, everything's going right. : We have a drill for that."

And on Nicholson, the team's ace: "For Heather, we're just going to keep fine-tuning because she's hitting the ball great."

The Bulldogs, after wrapping the home tournament, leave Sunday for the state qualifying regional tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

Four golfers per team are allowed to compete at the regional tournament. Roberts said Nicholson, Cleverly, Papoulas and Fox will get the nod.

The team will play a practice round May 4 at Cobble Creek and attend a dinner that night, during which all conference players will be announced.

Roberts said she is certain Nicholson will be named all-conference.

"Oh, Heather will, for sure," she said. "Heather's placed in every tournament (this season), so she definitely will."

Roberts also is confident of her players' chances at the regional contest.

The top 10 finishers qualify for state. Only Nicholson has placed in the top 10 this year.

But, Roberts' said all of her players are capable of earning a state bid.

"It's not out of the realm for any of the four girls, period," she said. "It's a one-day event. You just never know what's going to happen.

"Anything can happen. They've all got the skill and the ability. It's just now whether they can put it all together. They can. I know they can. It's just going out and doing it."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com

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