Moffat County golfers card low scores but miss out on state
Craig — The Moffat County girls golf team went into the regional golf tournament with high hopes of qualifying for state with the way the girls have played recently. The team shot low and played well, but so did others, which led to an abrupt ending to the season for the Bulldogs.
Katelyn Peroulis shot a 90 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Palisade, her best round of the season, but was one stroke away from qualifying, finishing behind five girls that finished with an 89. She will be the alternate from the region, filling in a space at state if a Western region girl can’t play or other regions don’t fill their state slots.
“We thought the scores were going to be a little bit higher,” Peroulis said. “It was kind of an easy course today, so I knew it was going to be competitive. It was mixed emotions (afterward) because I felt good about my round, but it was kind of bittersweet not qualifying.”
Caitlin Harjes shot 93, a score similar to what she had been playing all season and placing in the top five at tournaments. Josey King recorded a 100 and Lexi Gonzalez a 126 for the Bulldogs.
“They all shot their averages or better,” coach Ann Marie Roberts said. “They all played good. The scores were so low, I couldn’t believe it.”
The girls golf format allows for the team with the lowest score to qualify all its golfers (four), while the rest of the state qualifying spots are given to the top individuals. Moffat County wasn’t expected to contend for a team championship this year but thought it had a chance to get individuals in. Peroulis and Harjes both played well but came up short against a competitive regional field.
“I’m a little upset because it is my senior year, and I’d like to make it to state,” Harjes said. “But all the other girls deserved it just as much as I did. The course is not that hard; we had good weather, and I think everyone really did bring their A-game today. It was a combination of everything for 89 to be the cut.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.