The Moffat County High School girls golf team practiced chipping April 9 at East Elementary School while waiting for the Yampa Valley Golf Course to open. The team found warm weather Monday and Tuesday in Montrose where it competed in a tournament.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

The Moffat County High School girls golf team practiced chipping April 9 at East Elementary School while waiting for the Yampa Valley Golf Course to open. The team found warm weather Monday and Tuesday in Montrose where it competed in a tournament.

Golf team putts to a win

Varsity finishes 1st on Tuesday in Montrose

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If Monday night was any indicator, Moffat County High School golfer Nike Cleverly was due for a good day of golf the following day in Montrose.

Her teammates were, too.

The MCHS girls varsity golf team finished second Monday at Cobble Creek Golf Course, behind host Montrose High School, and first Tuesday among eight teams at The Bridges Golf Course.

As if the tournaments didn’t make for enough golf, the team went out for putt-putt golf Monday night, which Cleverly won.

“Everyone gave up,” she said. “I actually think (putt-putt) did help (Tuesday).”

Cleverly, a junior, was under 100 on both days, with a 95 on Monday and a 96 on Tuesday.

Senior Heather Nicholson didn’t win the putt-putt golf, but she did win the Tuesday tournament with an 85.

“My putting killed me,” she said. “My game was pretty good other than putting. If I had been able to square up on it, I would have been in the 70s.

“But I’ll learn from it.”

Junior Callie Papoulas may not have been able to beat Cleverly on the putt-putt course, but she was right behind her teammate on the greens with a 104 on Monday and a 97 on Tuesday.

“I was pretty happy with how I played,” she said. “I guess I was just in the zone.”

Papoulas said she had several putts that were just short, but that otherwise her day was a success.

Sophomore Sam Fox shot a 106 on Monday and 112 on Tuesday.

“I think everything was pretty good,” she said. “My putting and chipping were both pretty good.”

Fox credited some of her success to the focus the team has had during early season practices on the short game.

For Cleverly, it was her short game that helped her get good scores both days, she said.

“My mid-shots were the best,” she said. “My shots were landing on the greens, so I had good placing and easy putts.”

Coach Ann Marie Roberts said her team looked good both days.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “Everyone is coming around at the right time.”

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