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Moffat County girls golf takes 6th place at home tourney

Golfers driving toward regionals next week

The Moffat County High School girls golf team gathers together following Monday's Moffat County Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The varsity team shot a combined 330 and placed sixth. From left, coach Ann Marie Roberts, Tané Otis, Katelyn Peroulis, Julia Christensen, Makayla Thompson, Hannah Beckett, Jaci McDiffett and Taylor Haddock. Not pictured, Brooke Krause.





The Moffat County High School girls golf team gathers together following Monday’s Moffat County Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The varsity team shot a combined 330 and placed sixth. From left, coach Ann Marie Roberts, Tané Otis, Katelyn Peroulis, Julia Christensen, Makayla Thompson, Hannah Beckett, Jaci McDiffett and Taylor Haddock. Not pictured, Brooke Krause.
Andy Bockelman

As the Moffat County High School girls golf team swings into the last portion of its season, players will be likely be puttering around their home turf more, everyone chipping in to make the best possible results as a group.

MCHS girls golf hosted the Moffat County Invitational Monday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, bringing in eight total teams from Western Slope schools and placing sixth overall.

Moffat County High School Invitational results

Varsity

Individuals

Golfer, School — Score

1. Elly Walters, Rifle — 85

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2. Aly Shuman, Palisade — 87

3. Katie Rice, Fruita Monument — 90

4. Hannah Carver, Palisade — 91

5. Bailey Summers, Grand Junction — 92

6. Hannah Thornburg, Fruita Monument; Audrey Jones, Glenwood Springs; Caitlin Morgan, Rifle; Avery Hill, Grand Junction — 98

10. Callie Jones, Glenwood Springs — 99

11. Seaira Hickman, Grand Junction — 100

12. Melissa Thrun, Glenwood Springs — 101

13. Meeka Bass, Grand Junction — 102

14. Katelyn Peroulis, MCHS — 104

15. Tané Otis, MCHS; Brooke Waughtel, Fruita Monument — 106

17. Toni Booth, Rifle; Megan Nieslanik, Glenwood Springs — 107

19. Kierra Hall, Palisade — 108

20. Maci Wiley, Fruita Monument — 110

21. Emily Bricker, Central — 111

22. Cheyenne McLelland, Glenwood Springs; Sydney Corra, Central — 112

24. Raychel Page, Rifle — 119

25. Julia Christensen, MCHS — 120

26. Hannah Beckett, MCHS — 124

27. Jaci McDiffett, MCHS — 126

28. Jacey Hauer, Rifle — 127

Teams

1. Palisade — 286

2. Rifle, Grand Junction — 290

4. Fruita Monument — 294

5. Glenwood Springs — 298

6. MCHS — 330

7. Central — No score

JV

1. Nicole Cherry, Montrose — 101

2. Jennifer Granberg, Montrose — 106

3. Savannah Seay, Rifle — 108

4. Sam Ingalls, Palisade — 109

5. McKenna Case, Montrose — 111

6. Savannah Balint, Grand Junction — 114

7. Taylor Haddock, MCHS — 122

8. Taylor Kettell, Karlee Friesmuth, Montrose — 128

10. Jolie Pirner, Glenwood Springs — 130

11. Calli Ramunno, Palisade — 147

12. Makayla Thompson, MCHS — 150

13. Isabella Cordon, Glenwood Springs — 160

14. Geneva Gaines, Glenwood Springs — 161

15. Cailin Anderson, Glenwood Springs — 167

— Montrose JV placed first with a team score of 318.

Katelyn Peroulis led the Bulldog golfers in 14th place, shooting a 104, closely followed by teammate Tané Otis, tied for No. 15 with a 106. Julia Christensen's 120 rounded out the varsity's official qualifying score of 330, making her 25th, while Hannah Beckett and Jaci McDiffett finished with a 124 and a 126, respectively.

Moffat County's junior varsity lineup was Taylor Haddock — seventh in the JV rankings at 122 — and Makayla Thompson, 12th with a 150.

Palisade took the top spot, boasting a 286 total, while Elly Walters of Rifle, notched the best individual score of the day, an 85.

The morning didn't start off well for Peroulis, whose putter broke shortly before the tournament, which may have added to her nerves. She, Beckett and Thompson also were unable to attend the team's last meet in Carbondale, and Peroulis felt that lapse was evident in her score, which she had hoped to keep in double digits.

"It's not my best, but it's not my worst," she said.

As part of a foursome with McDiffett and Thompson — all MCHS golfers had at least one teammate paired alongside them — Peroulis was also exchanging advice with Palisade's Aly Shuman, whose 87 granted her second place.

"I knew playing with her would push me to do better," she said. "I definitely saw that I could shoot with her, because I'd be on the green at the same time as she was, it was just my putting really."

Dealing with a replacement putter didn't help Peroulis, who found the greens the toughest part of the event, as did most of the other Bulldogs. Another widespread trait among the hosting team was a better outing on the back nine than the front.

"I was a lot more warmed up then," McDiffett said. "I didn't shoot all weekend, so I was still tightened up."

The home meet concludes Moffat County's regular season, and the next stop is the 4A Western Regional Tournament, held May 4 and 5 at Montrose's Cobble Creek Golf Course, and Montrose and Palisade are expected to be threats.

Coach Ann Marie Roberts said putting will be a big focus this week as they practice consistency.

"We've got a lot of work to do the next four days," she said.

Each school is able to bring four golfers to the tournament, and those representing Moffat County will likely be Peroulis, Otis, McDiffett and Beckett.

Beckett said she is feeling more confident after the home meet, many parts of her game coming together.

"I've been working on my long shots, and they were definitely better," she said. "I really want to keep improving."

Peroulis has her sights set on a return to the state level, where she played last season after shooting a 90 at regionals, a number she hopes to crack this time. One of her best rounds of the season took place in March at Cobble Creek.

"Last year, I shot my lowest score there, too, so I'm pretty excited," she said. "Some people have good, some people have bad days, so hopefully next Tuesday is my good day."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

Moffat County High School Invitational results

Varsity

Individuals

Golfer, School — Score

1. Elly Walters, Rifle — 85

2. Aly Shuman, Palisade — 87

3. Katie Rice, Fruita Monument — 90

4. Hannah Carver, Palisade — 91

5. Bailey Summers, Grand Junction — 92

6. Hannah Thornburg, Fruita Monument; Audrey Jones, Glenwood Springs; Caitlin Morgan, Rifle; Avery Hill, Grand Junction — 98

10. Callie Jones, Glenwood Springs — 99

11. Seaira Hickman, Grand Junction — 100

12. Melissa Thrun, Glenwood Springs — 101

13. Meeka Bass, Grand Junction — 102

14. Katelyn Peroulis, MCHS — 104

15. Tané Otis, MCHS; Brooke Waughtel, Fruita Monument — 106

17. Toni Booth, Rifle; Megan Nieslanik, Glenwood Springs — 107

19. Kierra Hall, Palisade — 108

20. Maci Wiley, Fruita Monument — 110

21. Emily Bricker, Central — 111

22. Cheyenne McLelland, Glenwood Springs; Sydney Corra, Central — 112

24. Raychel Page, Rifle — 119

25. Julia Christensen, MCHS — 120

26. Hannah Beckett, MCHS — 124

27. Jaci McDiffett, MCHS — 126

28. Jacey Hauer, Rifle — 127

Teams

1. Palisade — 286

2. Rifle, Grand Junction — 290

4. Fruita Monument — 294

5. Glenwood Springs — 298

6. MCHS — 330

7. Central — No score

JV

1. Nicole Cherry, Montrose — 101

2. Jennifer Granberg, Montrose — 106

3. Savannah Seay, Rifle — 108

4. Sam Ingalls, Palisade — 109

5. McKenna Case, Montrose — 111

6. Savannah Balint, Grand Junction — 114

7. Taylor Haddock, MCHS — 122

8. Taylor Kettell, Karlee Friesmuth, Montrose — 128

10. Jolie Pirner, Glenwood Springs — 130

11. Calli Ramunno, Palisade — 147

12. Makayla Thompson, MCHS — 150

13. Isabella Cordon, Glenwood Springs — 160

14. Geneva Gaines, Glenwood Springs — 161

15. Cailin Anderson, Glenwood Springs — 167

— Montrose JV placed first with a team score of 318.

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