MCHS Freshman golfer has career day in Montrose

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Caitlin Harjes

Results

Individual results from the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team’s tournament Tuesday at Cobble Creek Golf Course:

(Name — score — place)

· Caitlin Harjes — 85 — 2

· Callie Papoulas — 93 — 6

· Samantha Fox — 99 — DNP

· Nike Cleverly — 99 — DNP

· Jessica Matthews — 103 — DNP

— The MCHS girls varsity golf team took second out of 13 teams.

Individual results from the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team’s tournament Wednesday at Dos Rios Golf Course:

(Name — score — place)

· Callie Papoulas — 92 — 3

· Samantha Fox — 99 — 9

· Caitlin Harjes — 100 — DNP

· Jessica Matthews — 103 — DNP

· Nike Cleverly — 106 — DNP

— The MCHS girls varsity golf team took third out of 11 teams.

Caitlin Harjes, a Moffat County High School freshman, is in her first year of competing on the high school golf team.

If Tuesday’s round of golf is any indication, she may be in for a successful four-year run.

Harjes shot an 85 at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, her lowest score ever on 18 holes.

“I just stayed concentrated on one shot at a time and it got me there,” she said. “Overall, every aspect of my game came together from my putting to my driving.”

Putting has been a concern for all five girls on the MCHS girls varsity golf team this season. On Tuesday, however, Harjes said it “just worked.”

“I would hit the ball, and it would go right into the hole,” she said. “I was one-putting a lot of holes and at worst was two-putting.”

Harjes’ 85 led the way for a second-place finish for the Bulldogs out of 13 teams.

Senior Callie Papoulas was the only other MCHS golfer to place, taking sixth with a 93.

Junior Samantha Fox and senior Nike Cleverly both shot a 99 while senior Jessica Matthews shot a 103.

While past iterations of the golf team have played at Cobble Creek, this was Harjes’ first time on the course.

The unfamiliarity was nerve-wracking, she said.

“It was different and difficult to not know where the holes all were,” she said. “Luckily, my drives were really great, so I was able to figure it out quickly.”

Head coach Ann Marie Roberts said after the tournament was over, Harjes came to her to celebrate her round of putting.

“(Caitlin) told me that the 85 was because of two weeks of working on putting,” Roberts said. “When you practice, that is what happens. She had the round of her career.”

The Bulldogs also competed Wednesday at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison.

The team took third out of 11 teams led by Papoulas’ third place finish with a 92.

Fox took ninth with a 99 and Harjes (100), Matthews (103) and Cleverly (106) didn’t place.

Harjes said her putting wasn’t as good Wednesday, but she didn’t let the triple-digit score get her down.

“Tuesday was my day,” she said. “Wednesday wasn’t my best round and it was time for someone else to have a good day.”

The Bulldogs’ next tournament Tuesday at Battlement Mesa Golf Course in Parachute is the regional tournament.

Last season, MCHS won the tournament on its home course and qualified as a team for the state tournament.

Roberts said this year’s team has a chance to repeat.

“The girls’ putting has been way better,” she said. “We are going to work on chipping and second shots this week to lower their scores. I know they can win the tournament.”

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