MCHS girls varsity golf team:
(Player — score)
• Sam Fox — 98*
• Caitlin Harjes — 101*
• Katie Rice — 118
• Katelyn Peroulis — 122
- indicates a golfer who qualified for state at the 4A Western Regional tournament Tuesday afternoon in Gunnison
Poor weather conditions looked to be an unfavorable omen for the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team in the practice round of the regional tournament Monday at Gunnison’s Dos Rios Golf Club.
But the quartet has never allowed one bad day to ruin their whole experience, and by the end of the next afternoon, all the clouds and precipitation were well out of the minds of its top two finishers.
MCHS senior Sam Fox and sophomore Caitlin Harjes qualified Tuesday at the 4A Western Regional golf tournament to compete at the state tournament. Fox shot a 98, placing 10th, while 12th place Harjes finished with a 101.
The MCHS team placed fourth overall out of 13 teams, with a combined 317 to combat first-place Rifle’s 277. Rifle’s Taylor Walters also won the event with an 86.
Coach Ann Marie Roberts said the day was exciting, but not without tension.
“It was a little nerve-wracking toward the end because the scores were so tight,” she said. “Sam and Caitlin, both of them have worked hard all year long and they really deserve to go to state. Even the girls who didn’t make it, people were telling me how great they were, and that’s just a great compliment to hear.”
Freshmen Katie Rice and Katelyn Peroulis notched a 118 and a 122 for the day.
Roberts said the time leading up to the tournament made the Moffat County girls wary about the possible results.
“We had snow in Gunnison and it was just awful for the first day in the practice round,” she said. “Tuesday it was still cold, but it was nice. They played hard and it wasn’t easy.”
Fox said the course’s 13th hole, a par five, was the worst obstacle of the tournament. With water hazards around much of the area, the hole is nestled on a little island, requiring finesse to get on the green in just the right manner.
Though she took a 10 for the hole, Fox said she was unencumbered about it.
“People were saying that almost everyone got a 10 on that one, so it kind of worked out,” she said.
Fox also qualified for state last year, tying for 73rd place in the final competition. Harjes narrowly missed the chance to go to state after losing a decisive playoff in 2011’s regional tournament.
“My only goal right now for state is to break 100,” Harjes said. “I’m just excited to be going.”
Fox said she is looking to shoot 90 or lower.
Roberts said the plan to prepare for the state event — the tournament is slated for May 21 and 22 at Greeley’s Boomerang Golf Links — is to make sure the two are ready for varied conditions.
“We’ll be getting under a lot different shots, hitting range balls, just doing a lot of stuff on our own course this next week,” she said.
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