Moffat County girls golf looks to regionals despite home tourney weather woes
The elements have been less than kind to Moffat County High School girls golf, yet even with all the spring has thrown at them, the Bulldogs are feeling prepared for their biggest tournament yet this season.
MCHS heads to Gunnison in the coming days for the 3A Region 4 Tournament at Dos Rios Golf Club.
A practice round Monday precedes the big event as players along the Western Slope look to qualify for state with a Tuesday morning tee-off.
Moffat County athletes were ready and raring to get a final bit of high-level preparation in April 29 with their home tourney at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Mother Nature had different ideas, however, and a wave of rain and snow apparent well in advance forced MCHS coach Joe Padon to call off the event for the second straight year.
With 10 total players on the roster this season, that meant players who have been mostly at the junior varsity level will have to wait until next year for competition.
Still, Padon and his varsity squad were out at YVGC this week as soon as possible to get back in the swing of things and get ready for Gunnison.
While most of the season has been a struggle climate-wise, Padon said players are working toward a strong finish to the schedule.
“It’s been frustrating, but they’ve done a good job, had a good attitude, so I couldn’t be prouder,” he said. “We played the first two tournaments without even being on grass before that. We’re improving even with the conditions.”
Moffat County will send seniors Hali Reyes, Madie Weber and Caitlen Krause to the regional tournament, as well as sophomore Ellina Jones.
Jones said she’s both excited and nervous for her first regional meet.
“I don’t really know expectations I have,” she laughed.
The event will be the first regional round for Weber as well, who joined the golf program as a junior.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot better since then, especially in the mentality side of it,” she said. “I think I’ve improved in all aspects of the game.”
Krause, alternately, has played all four years at MCHS.
“I play more for fun than for competition, but I just love being out here,” she said. “It’s been a really fun season even if we haven’t played in a lot of tournaments. But each one has been about getting better little by little, my scores are improving, and I’m having a good time.”
Lindsey Marlow grew up on the West Coast, but she’s no saltwater snob. That’s a good thing, because this month she started as program manager for Friends of the Yampa, becoming the organization’s first full-time staff member.