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Learning experience

Freshman golfer Meghan Innes talks about first trip to state

After the first round of the 4A state girls golf tournament, Moffat County High School’s Meghan Innes was 31 strokes behind front-runner Ashley Tait, who shot a 2-under-par 70 on Monday.

Considering that Tait, a senior from Mullen, is a two-time individual state champion and that Innes is a freshman, MCHS coach Ann Marie Hamilton was less concerned about closing the gap than helping her pupil come away with a good learning experience.

Today’s goal is simple, the coach said: Innes will try to play better than she played Monday when she shot a 101.

“She hit the ball really good,” Hamilton said about Innes’ first few holes. “She missed a few putts on the front side that cost her.”

Innes started the day on the 10th hole at the Cotton Ranch Golf Club in Gypsum with Emma Watson of Cedaredge and Ashley Chastain of Rifle.

In preparing for state, Innes had been putting great. “She had it all worked out,” Hamilton said. “She was putting great this morning and putted good until we got to 15, 16 and 17.

Innes ran into trouble on the 15th where she three-putted the first of three consecutive holes.

“My nerves got to me some,” Innes said Monday evening. “I just tried to play my best. The three-putts brought my confidence down.”

But she rebounded nicely on the back nine and was just a few strokes over par after the turn until she ran into a logjam of golfers waiting to tee off on the sixth hole, Hamilton said.

She ended up waiting more than an hour, which Hamilton thinks took Innes, and several other golfers, out of sync. Hamilton expected tournament officials to iron out Monday’s problems so that today’s play would be without delays.

After the wait, Innes had a couple of tough holes.

“I think everybody had a tough time in my group. None of us played how we wanted to play or how we could play,” she said.

If the weather remains steady — Monday’s play was largely free of wind — Innes could reach her goal of shooting a round in the high 80s or low 90s. But regardless, she’s trying to enjoy the experience as much as possible.

“It’s a new experience and it’s fun,” she said.

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