3 Moffat girls golf players break 100 in Montrose

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With the postseason approaching quickly, Moffat County girls golf showed it can be a contender in the 4A regional competition.

The Bulldogs played twice in Montrose this week — on Monday at Cobble Creek Golf Course and Tuesday at Bridges Golf Club — against many of the larger, competitive golfing schools the team will see at the regional tournament May 6.

In their best tournament of the season, Moffat County’s top three all shot under 100 in the same round for the first time at Cobble Creek. Freshman Josie King led the way with a 92, Caitlin Harjes shot 93 and Katelyn Peroulis posted a 95 on the day. Harjes has been more consistently in the 90s this season, but for the other two, it was a breakthrough they knew they were capable of.

“I fixed my swing last week and got it where it’s going straight,” Peroulis said. “My short game was still good because that’s what we’ve been working on the most.”

Peroulis was strong off the tee and in her first shot from the fairway than she has been all season, but Harjes said her putting carried her through the round Monday.

“My driving was a little crazy, but I was hitting everything with my four-hybrid straight after that,” she said. “My putting was better than it’s ever been. The greens were similar to (Yampa Valley Golf Course), they were the right speed. I think that helped.”

Lexi Gonzalez was the team’s fourth scorer Monday with a 119, another vast improvement on her scores from a season ago, and helped the Bulldogs take fourth in the tournament.

“It was definitely our best round as a team,” Harjes said. “That’s what you hope for at this time of year.”

Hannah Beckett (131) and Tané Otis (136) are also nearby for the fourth spot at regionals, giving the Bulldogs multiple options and incentive to improve by the end of the season.

Otis didn’t think she played her best Monday, especially hitting with her driver. But Tuesday at Bridges, when the team played more of a practice round to get more experience, she said she struck the ball better.

“I feel like I could do better,” she said. “My driver keeps going left and getting me into trouble. If I can figure that out, I’d probably be shooting a way lower score.”

Otis said she is setting a goal to practice out at the course on her own time in addition to attending team practice to shore up her long game. The rest of the team also wants to solidify its position among the region’s best to earn the best possible shot at state, which is just a month away.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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