MCHS seniors play final round of golf at state tournament |

MCHS seniors play final round of golf at state tournament

Joshua Gordon

Callie Papoulas said for her to shoot under 90 at the 4A girls golf state tournament, she had to change things up.

However, the changes didn't pertain to the way she was swinging her clubs.

"I had to concentrate and stay inside the fairway, but mostly I had to have fun out there," Papoulas said. "When I have fun, I play a lot better than when I am super serious."

The change in attitude worked for Papoulas, a Moffat County High School senior, as she rebounded from shooting a 98 in Monday's first round at Elmwood Golf Course in Pueblo to shoot an 88 the next day to tie for 43rd place overall.

Fellow senior Nike Cleverly shot 99 both days and tied for 68th place, while junior Samantha Fox shot a 98 on Monday and an 108 on Tuesday to tie for 73rd.

"I played really good, and it felt great to bust 90," Papoulas said. "Breaking 90 was my goal going in, but I didn't feel well the first day. The second day, I came out ready to play."

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Head coach Ann Marie Rob-

erts said Papoulas made some adjustments heading into state that helped her perform the way she wanted.

"Callie was having some problems with her clubs and shooting over the green," Roberts said. "She adjusted a little, and that helped with her yardage and the number of strokes."

Roberts said Cleverly and Fox had a few strokes that cost them, but shot as well as they had been all season.

"The girls did a good job figuring out the lay of the course, which helped especially on day two," she said. "Nike continued to improve on her putting, and Sam just wasn't on as much as she was the first day."

Valor High School's Lindsay McGetrick won the tournament with a five-under 137 over both days.

Pueblo South High School took first place as a team with MCHS taking ninth out of the 10 schools competing as a team.

Papoulas said after the tournament it was an "unreal" feeling to be done with MCHS golf.

"It was really sad and it just felt crazy to be done with high school sports," Papoulas said Wednesday. "I had a lot of fun and I made a lot of good friends by playing golf."

Roberts said competing in golf is different than most sports.

"In golf, you aren't competing against each girl, rather against yourself and the course," she said. "The girls become friends and make contacts throughout their time playing."

Jessica Matthews, who was on the team for one year, joins Papoulas and Cleverly as the seniors parting ways with the team. The Bulldogs will return two players next year — Fox and freshman Caitlin Harjes.

After coaching Papoulas for four years and Cleverly for three seasons, Roberts said she hopes the girls took away what they wanted from the team.

"Both girls shot the low scores they wanted this season and they improved immensely every year," she said. "I watched them grow up and it was a lot of fun. They got more serious as they went on, but they always had fun."

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4A girls golf state tournament results:

(Team — score)

  1. Pueblo South — 483

  2. Broomfield — 485

  3. Regis — 488

  4. Valor — 496

  5. Palmer Ridge — 538

  6. Cheyenne Mountain — 548

  7. Fort Morgan — 556

  8. Montrose — 563

  9. Moffat County — 589

  10. Brush — 626

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