Moffat County girls golf stays steady at home |

Moffat County girls golf stays steady at home

Perfect weather provides good prep time before home tourney, regionals

Moffat County High School's Julia Christensen follows her opening drive at Yampa Valley Golf Course while teammates and players from Rifle and Palisade look to follow her. MCHS girls golf shot 324 at the home triangular Thursday , which Rifle won with a 262.
Andy Bockelman

The conditions could not have been mellower Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf CourseYampa Valley Golf Course, the kind of climate the , the kind of climate the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls golf team has been trying to find all season. girls golf team has been trying to find all season.

Yampa Valley Golf Course, the kind of climate the Moffat County High School girls golf team has been trying to find all season.

MCHS girls hosted a triangular meet with Rifle and Palisade, shooting 324 in a day that was an excellent warm-up for everyone for upcoming events at Craig’s course.

Rifle took the best total and best individual score, a 262 overall, led by first-place finisher Masi Smith’s 79, while teammate Jessie Pressler took a 91 for third.

Aly Shuman was close behind in the same flight as Smith, the runner-up shooting 80 as part of Palisade’s 280.

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“They battled right to the end, it was a great round,” said Palisade coach Jan Norell. “What a great day to learn the course.”

Jaci McDiffett had the best sum for Moffat County, as well as her best match altogether with a 103, placing ninth among the 21 golfers.

“I think that those scores are really going to be coming down now,” said Moffat County coach Ann Marie Roberts, noting that the availability of the course’s driving range will give them all the facilities they need. “When you get to play with no wind, no rain, no pressure, they were all excited to hit balls today, a lot of enthusiasm.”

Brooke Krause followed at 110, while Tané Otis had 111 in a round that was more frustrating than she would have liked.

“She looked like she wasn’t comfortable with her swing, off her balance,” Roberts said of Otis, normally the lowest scorer for the team.

Hali Reyes notched a 121 and Julia Christensen 122. Christensen said she would have had a better stroke count if not for the water hazard on YVGC’s 14th hole.

“I had a great drive, went in the water, I took it out, went back in the water, took it out,” she laughed when the day was done.

Makayla Thompson shot 148 for MCHS, Caitlen Krause 151 and Edyn Curtis 168.

The triangular was the first time Curtis had been able to play a full 18 holes on her home course.

“I think it’ll be a lot easier now that I now what it looks like,” Curtis said.

She and her teammates won’t have long to wait — the Moffat County Invitational takes place Tuesday morning at YVGC.

Rifle and Palisade each will be at the Bulldog tournament, as will most schools in the area, eager to get a look at the grounds that will host the 4A Western Regional Tournament in May. Among the other groups attending will be Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs, Coal Ridge, Grand Valley, Glenwood Springs, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction.

Though the weather was ideal Thursday, coaches aren’t expecting a repeat, cautioning players to prepare for rougher conditions.

“The girls are tough, and I’m always impressed how they take it in stride, playing in long johns and hand-warmers in their pockets, that’s just how they play,” said Rifle coach Kenda Spalding, who recently rescheduled her team’s tournament at Rifle Creek for May 3, only days before regionals.

Likewise, Norell and Roberts are ready to hope for the best and be ready for the worst.

“It’s just a blessing in spring golf to get weather like this,” Norell said.

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

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