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Moffat County golfers take 10th at regionals

Poor weather in Montrose hurts state-qualifying potential

Moffat County High School's Katelyn Peroulis hits from the sixth fairway of Yampa Valley Golf Course. Peroulis was Moffat County's lowest scorer at the 4A Western Regional Tournament Tuesday in Montrose, shooting 98 and placing 20th. The team took 10th place with an overall score of 325.

If it were an option to take a mulligan for the day, the golfers of the 4A Western Regional Tournament likely would have chosen to do so, but they played through some wet weather nonetheless.

A cold, drizzly Tuesday at The Links at Cobble Creek proved tough for the Moffat County High School girls golf, placing 10th with a group score of 325.

Of the four Bulldogs who attended, senior Katelyn Peroulis came the closest to qualifying for state — which would have been her second consecutive year at that level — taking a 98 tally for the day and placing 20th.

Peroulis started strong on the back nine and shot no higher than a double bogey on any hole until Cobble Creek's Hole 6, a par 5 that rattled her concentration and forced a 10.

"I went into the sand, then hit it out and hit it over the green and it was just bad," she said. "I've had trouble with putting all season, and I did better today, just not as good as I should have."

Putting throughout the tournament was problematic for the entire team and led to extra strokes.

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"One second the greens would be really slow and then one second they'd be really fast, and that kind of messed me up a lot," said Tané Otis, a sophomore who shot 108 and tied for 29th place. "It was a pretty good day all in all, I can't complain."

Freshman Jaci McDiffett took a 119 and ranked at No. 38, while senior Hannah Beckett shot 127, tying at 44th place.

Though Beckett had the highest overall score for Moffat County, she also had the most success on any one hole, gaining a birdie on Cobble Creek's par 3 fifth hole.

The girls golf year ends with the regional event, but it's been a season full of improvement, said coach Ann Marie Roberts.

"It was tough, but they did well," she said. "They all played better than they have all year, so I give them credit. They putted better and hit the ball better, just fell a little bit short."

Montrose will send a foursome to state — held May 18 and 19 at Carbondale's River Valley Ranch — and the top eight individuals will attend, several alternates possible to be tapped, Peroulis five strokes away from the highest alternate's score.

At last season's regional tourney, Peroulis at first believed she didn't make the cut after finishing only to find out later that her 90 score qualified her.

"I was hoping it would be like last year, but it's a lot different," she said.

The two seniors both plan to play well after high school, and Beckett feels the decrease in pressure will help her get better as she gets older and takes on the sports as more of a hobby.

Still, playing as part of the team is something she'll remember fondly.

"It's been a hard season but a fun season," she said.

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Moffat County High School girls golf 4A Western Regional Tournament results

Golfer — Score, Ranking

Katelyn Peroulis — 98, 20

Tané Otis — 108, 29

Jaci McDiffett — 119, 38

Hannah Beckett — 127, 44

— The team placed 10th with a score of 325.

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