With a good mix of experience and skill, the Moffat County girls golf team is looking to make noise outside of Craig this season.
MCHS struggled with consistency and depth last year, perhaps because most of its players didn’t have significant golfing experience. In 2014, though, that’s a different story.
“You wouldn’t know the ages of these girls and which ones are the seniors or freshmen,” coach Ann Marie Roberts said. “They respect each other, they’re very supportive of each other. I’m really excited about this group.”
Roberts has her largest team ever, with nine golfers out this year. Most are returning golfers from last season, giving them a more confident swing this season, even in the early stages.
Leading the way for Moffat County this season is its only senior, Caitlin Harjes. Harjes has been golfing her whole life and is trying to step up her leadership on the team this year.
“I want to be a good leader to them, and I think I am,” she said. “It’s put a little more pressure on me, but I want to support them. It’s a fun team.”
Behind Harjes is junior Katelyn Peroulis and freshman Josie King, who have combined to put together more consistently low scores and make the Moffat County varsity more to be reckoned with.
“I think we’re going to be up there all the time this season because we’ve got the players to shoot low,” Peroulis said after the team’s recent third-place finish in Montrose.
The team will need a fourth player for the regional tournament, but with the improvements everyone has made so far, without even playing outdoors in Craig yet, Harjes is confident they’ll get there.
“I see huge improvements happening in the two tournaments I’ve been to,” she said. “I’m not going to say we’re going to be the No. 1 team, but I do think we’ll be a team people will look at near the end of the year.”
The early-season results suggest the team could be a competitor at region. In a tournament at Adobe Creek Golf Course hosted by Palisade, the Bulldogs took third place out of 15. Adobe Creek is the site of the regional tournament this year, and among the 15 teams at that tournament were all of Moffat County’s regional opponents.
That gives the Bulldogs confidence they can be there at the end of the year as well.
“I really think we can take the team to state,” Roberts said. “Especially once we get outside a bit more. After spring break, we’re going to really be able to practice well.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.
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