For junior golfer Nike Cleverly, Sunday and Monday couldn’t have been more different.
On Sunday, none of her putts would fall.
On Monday, during the Moffat County High School girls golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, every putt rolled true, Cleverly said.
“When I was putting (Sunday), nothing would go in,” she said. “Today, I was sinking them.”
Cleverly had a strong start, but an even better finish.
“I started out OK,” she said. “Then, I kind of hit my groove.”
That groove led Cleverly to a score of 90, which was lowest among MCHS golfers.
Cleverly’s score was also fifth best on the day among the 10 Class 4A teams and 48 golfers.
Moffat County finished third as a team behind Montrose, which had a combined team score of 274, and Glenwood Springs, which shot a collective 279.
In Class 5A, Central (Grand Junction) High School finished ahead of Fruita Monument.
“Overall, the team did average,” Cleverly said. “I think it helped us get ready for regionals, and we set the bar to do better.”
This year, the May 11 regional tournament will also be at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Senior Heather Nicholson shot a 92 on Monday, junior Callie Papoulas finished with a 99, freshman Makayla Camilletti finished with a 110 and Sam Fox shot a 124.
“It was a pretty good day,” Papoulas said. “I was happy to be below 100.”
Papoulas said she had a good day in most areas of her game.
“I was hitting it pretty solid,” she said. “I thought my putting was decent, but my chipping is off.”
Playing on her home course, Papoulas said she was hoping for a lower score, but was happy with the results.
“I was hoping to do a little better,” she said. “But, breaking 100 is still pretty cool.
“At regionals, I’ll do a lot better.”
For Nicholson, her day was marred by frustration, she said.
“It was horrible,” she said. “I had bad luck, bad shots and a bad day.”
Nicholson started her day with a triple-bogey, and she said it didn’t improve from there.
“It just wasn’t there today,” she said. “I came out here yesterday and had a great front nine.
“Today was just a different day. I had good shots and bad shots. There were just more bad shots today.”
Coach Ann Marie Roberts said that while she would have liked to claim first at home, the day was not without strong performances.
“It’s a little disappointing for your home course,” she said. “But, we had our top-three all bust 100, which should give them momentum for regionals.”
One of the main problems was driving the ball, Roberts said.
“We haven’t been able to get on the driving range,” she said. “We’ll definitely practice more there before regionals.”
But, Monday still featured several highlights.
“Nike had a great day of golf,” Roberts said. “Callie played some good golf, too. She busted 100, so that was good.”
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story has been corrected.