Weather, slow start hinder MCHS girls golf team in Delta |

Weather, slow start hinder MCHS girls golf team in Delta

Joshua Gordon

Tough weather conditions put the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team behind on their Thursday trip to Delta.

When the team finally arrived at Devils Thumb Golf Course, they were granted the right to play together, as the groups they were assigned to individually had already started.

"It was a good teaching day," head coach Ann Marie Roberts said. "They didn't play their best, but they all listened and were able to learn things they can use in our next tournament."

Senior Jessica Matthews led the way with a score of 104. Fellow senior Callie Papoulas shot a 105 and junior Samantha Fox rounded out a second-place team finish for the Bulldogs with a 106.

Senior Nike Cleverly and freshman Caitlin Harjes didn't compete in the tournament.

"I think the girls played really well considering we had to run right out and play," Roberts said. "They still need some work on their putting, but it will come to them when we can get outside for practice.

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"It is hard to play directly after a four-and-a-half hour van ride, and they might not be happy about how they played, but they did OK."

Roberts said the girls' long game was great Thursday, but the putts added up.

For three girls from the same team to play together is rare, Roberts said, but the familiar playing partners helped the team on a tough day.

Papoulas said Devils Thumb has always been trouble for her.

"Devils Thumb is kind of a nemesis for me," she said. "The course was in good shape, but every year I never shoot well and it doesn't go over well this year."

The course, Papoulas said, has a lot of hazards.

"I could have done a lot better today," she said of her performance. "I struggled with my putting and my drives were bad because I wasn't rotating well.

"I lost a lot of shots on my driving and at least five of my putts lipped out."

Matthews said the conditions weren't ideal for a good performance.

"As a team, we weren't able to warm up good and I think that got to us," she said. "Putting on carpet doesn't allow us to see our distance, so little stuff like that will get fixed when we can practice outside."

Matthews, who is in her first year on the varsity team, said she has to stay out of her head when playing.

"I need to not think about my shots as much," she said. "I know what to do, and I just have to do it."

When the snow clears and the team is able to get outside, Fox said she'll be able to lower her scores.

"I need to get chipping down," she said. "I have struggled with going the distance with my chipping and outside I will be able to get a feel for it before the tournaments."

The team is scheduled to compete Monday at the Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita.

All five girls will compete together for the first time this year when Cleverly and Harjes return.

"We have some fine-tuning to do for Monday," Roberts said. "We will have all five girls at Adobe and I think (Thursday) was just one of those days."

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Individual results from the Moffat County High School girls varsity golf team’s tournament Thursday in Delta:

(Name — score)

• Jessica Matthews — 104

• Callie Papoulas — 105

• Samantha Fox — 106

— The team took second place out of seven teams.