Moffat County girls golf qualifies 1 for state alternate status
It all came down to an eight-foot putt Tuesday, as Moffat County High School senior Caitlen Krause sealed the deal to possibly extend her season and send her to the 3A CHSAA State Tournament.
MCHS girls golf qualified one athlete for alternate status for state as Krause shot 116 on the links of Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison, as part of a playoff round in the 3A Region 4 Tournament between her and teammate Ellina Jones.
Jones notched the same total, and the two tied for 23rd, requiring a final showdown on the first hole.
“When I first got done with my regular 18, I thought I’d played really good. Once they got done with the scores and told us to do a playoff, I got really nervous,” Krause said. “But it was fun, and I’m excited.”
She added that limited use of her driver aided her final results.
“I figured that’d be risky the way I’ve been hitting,” she said.
The top two teams of four attend state, plus the next 13 ranked players and two alternates, of which Krause will be one.
“That was a fun finish,” said coach Joe Padon. “It was a good way to end. There was a ton of hazards on this course, but they played smart all day.”
While Hali Reyes regularly recorded Moffat County’s lowest scores this season, a rough back nine did her in, though Padon noted she had an easier time with the front shooting 124 overall for 27th in the field of 38.
Madie Weber was right behind at 28th, with a 127.
Padon will wait to hear if Krause will move on to state, held in Eagle next week. And, even if she doesn’t get the chance, the finish at regionals is still a strong one for the coach in his second year with the team.
“Last year we weren’t even close to even having an alternate, and this year we had two,” he said. “Huge difference. I’m really proud of them.”