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Moffat County girls golf swinging back into action

MCHS, Yampa Valley Golf Course to host regional tournament this season

The time on their home links may be minimal right now, but the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls golf team will be spending a good deal more time on their own turf later this season. girls golf team will be spending a good deal more time on their own turf later this season.

Moffat County High School girls golf team will be spending a good deal more time on their own turf later this season.

The swingers of MCHS are on course for some big stuff this year as they welcome the warmth of spring and time on the fairways and greens.

The seasonal availability of Yampa Valley Golf Course this time of year has kept girls indoors, using the gym of East Elementary School as a practice space to get the feel of their clubs as a new year gets going.

"We've been doing a lot of chipping," said coach Ann Marie Roberts, noting that the gym is a great place to post targets and work on marksmanship.

Bulldog golfers will be visiting many of the usual sites in the area, including Gypsum Creek, Montrose — home to courses like Cobble Creek and Black Canyon — and Dinaland of Vernal, Utah.

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"This is going to be a good season," MCHS junior Tané Otis said. "I'm looking forward to playing in Rifle and on our course."

MCHS's home event takes place in late April, but Moffat County girls will be right back on the grounds of YVGC to compete a week later in the 4A Western Regional Tournament, the first time the tourney has been hosted in Craig since 2010.

Besides the size of the event, the timing will be a little different, as well, Roberts said.

Normally regionals and state take place on a Monday or Tuesday, but the scheduling worked out so that teams will play a practice round Friday with the big one Saturday.

"First time ever," Roberts said of the Saturday setup. "CHSAA had to clear it since it's three days before anyone else's. There was a lot of AP testing going on around the state, and we were going to lose about 12 girls, so I talked to the pro (at YVGC) and he was very accommodating."

As the hosting team, MCHS plans to make the weekend a memorable one for all who attend, complete with a banquet.

Girls golf is the one sport at MCHS this year that has no seniors involved, the most experienced members in their junior year, such as Otis, Brooke Krause and Makayla Thompson, while sophomores Jaci McDiffett and Julia Christensen also return.

Freshmen Hali Reyes, Caitlen Krause and Edyn Curtis also join the ranks this season.

In a game that is all about long-term improvement, the younger players are already showing the abilities that will impress in tournament play now and down the road.

Roberts said she has observed quick improvement over a short period.

"Everybody's got a lot more control," she said. "You can see the changes in everybody."

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