Lexie Gonzalez tees off the 10th green at Yampa Valley Golf Course on Monday. Gonzalez shot a 129 in cold and windy conditions while the Bulldogs took third place in the tournament.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Lexie Gonzalez tees off the 10th green at Yampa Valley Golf Course on Monday. Gonzalez shot a 129 in cold and windy conditions while the Bulldogs took third place in the tournament.

Girls golfers battle wind at Yampa Valley Golf Course

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Bundled up from the cold and battling wind all afternoon, Moffat County freshman Josey King still tore up her home golf course Monday.

MCHS hosted several other Western Slope teams for 18 holes at Yampa Valley Golf Course, where the weather wasn’t golfer-friendly, but King and others made it work. The Bulldogs freshman shot a 92, tied for her best round of the season, to take second place individually and help the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish.

“It was difficult, you had to go down clubs or up clubs for some shots,” King said about dealing with the wind. “But you still just swing the club.”

The score has King’s play trending in the right directions as the regional tournament approaches next week. She said it felt good to shoot that well but wants to be able to do it every time on a course.

“I wish I could be a more consistent,” King said. “I’ll have a low score and then a high score the next time we play. But it does feel good to know I’m capable of doing that.”

Caitlin Harjes shot a 104 for the Bulldogs and Taylor Hagar’s 119 gave them a team score of 315, behind Palisade and Grand Junction Central.

Tane Otis (127) and Lexie Gonzalez (129) also shot well for the Bulldogs’ varsity, while Hanna Beckett shot a 156 over 18 and Brook Krause (63) and Makayla Thompson (74) each played nine holes for the JV.

Otis shot her lowest round of the season and said it was because she was hitting straight off the tee.

“My drives were going far and I was hitting it straight finally,” she said. “I was excited, I wanted to keep playing.”

While her putting needed improvement, it was still a breakthrough round for the freshman.

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

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