4A Western Regional girls golf tournament team results:
(Team — score)
• 1. Montrose — 293*
• 2. Moffat County — 302
• 3. Rifle — 309
• 4. Durango — 311
• 5. Gunnison — 316
• 6. Palisade — 335
• 7. Delta — 350
• 8. Glenwood Springs — 372
• 9. Aspen — 375
• 10. Battle Mountain — 412
• 11. Grand Valley — 420
- Montrose qualified as a team for the 4A girls golf state tournament
Coming off the front 9 Tuesday at Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Callie Papoulas knew she had to change something up.
Papoulas, a Moffat County High School senior, shot a 53 in the first half of the 4A Western Regional girls golf tournament.
The problem, she said, was her driver.
“I was hitting my driver on the range before we started, and it was fine,” Papoulas said. “After 9 holes, I put it away and used my hybrid instead.”
The change gave Papoulas the lift she needed, shooting a 44 on the back 9 for a 97 overall on the day to tie for second place and qualify for the 4A state golf tournament.
“I was so happy, I cried,” Papoulas said after the tournament. “After my front 9 I didn’t think I was going to qualify. It was something I really wanted to do and I worked hard at it.”
Papoulas led the way for the MCHS girls varsity golf team, who took second place in the tournament.
Montrose High School finished first and qualified as a team for the state tournament.
Junior Samantha Fox will join Papoulas at state after shooting a 102 and tying for sixth place.
“It feels like a big accomplishment,” Fox said of qualifying for the state tournament. “I have been working for this all season, and when I found out I qualified, I felt like I succeeded at my goal.”
While her score was good enough to qualify for the state meet, Fox said, she wasn’t completely happy with her game Tuesday.
“My putting and my chipping were a little off,” she said. “It helped because we have played this course earlier in the season and it helped me play smart golf. I knew what to expect and what shots I should take.”
Senior Nike Cleverly finished with a score of 103 and lost a one-hole playoff to Durango’s Haleigh Lyon for the final state spot.
Cleverly will be the first alternate for the state tournament, however.
Freshman Caitlin Harjes shot a 104 and will be the third alternate.
Before the regional tournament started, head coach Ann Marie Roberts said she found out all four Bulldogs who competed were selected to the Western Slope League all-conference team.
“I was impressed with how they played,” Roberts said. “Nike has a 50-50 chance of still playing in state and Caitlin, as a freshman, played really good in her first regional meet.”
Roberts said putting was still an issue for her players Tuesday.
The 4A state tournament will be played May 24 and 25 in Pueblo, and Roberts said she will use the almost two weeks to work on a wide variety of things.
“The range at (Yampa Valley Golf Course) is open, so we will work on second shots and fairway shots,” she said. “We will also continue to work on chipping and putting to keep getting better.”
Papoulas said she wants to fine tune before she heads to the state tournament.
“I made it to state last year as a junior and I wanted to make it again in my last year,” she said. “I think I can still bring a lot of strokes off my score.”
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