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Moffat County golfer struggles on greens at state

Nate Waggenspack

Katelyn Peroulis putts at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Playing at the state tournament in Colorado Springs Monday and Tuesday, she hit the ball well but was not happy with her putting. Peroulis shot 114 each day at Country Club of Colorado.

Katelyn Peroulis's work on her long game in the second half of the golf season paid off. It was the junior's effort on the greens that didn't come through at state.

Peroulis played in the 4A girls state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs, shooting identical 114s each day and placing 77th at the tournament. Playing on a long, difficult course, she said it was a frustrating couple of days.

"I didn't play as good as I could've, and I didn't feel that I played as well as I did to get here," Peroulis said. "My long shots were good, but my putting was really bad."

She played the first several holes on Day 1 well, but then said her round went downhill quickly. Despite striking the ball well, the length of the course made it difficult on Peroulis and many other golfers there.

"That was probably the longest course I've ever seen with the nastiest pin placements ever," coach Ann Marie Roberts said. "She hit the ball the best I've ever seen her and still couldn't get on a green in regulation, that's how long it was."

Peroulis said on most of the par 4 holes, she had to hit a bigger club on her second shot to get the ball to the green. When she did on greens, she struggled to finish holes.

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"My stroke was not very good but the greens were also really fast and had some serious break," she said. "I was frustrated at times."

More than half the field shot over 40 strokes over par both days, so Peroulis was not the only frustrated golfer. But she said the experience was a good one, and makes her hungry to be back and more competitive in a year.

"I want to work on it a lot this summer and get shooting lower," she said. "Maybe next year even shoot to place at state. That would be awesome. It was cool being here and I feel honored to have been a part of it, but I would've liked to play better."

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