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Moffat County girls golf tees up regional tourney

Rifle takes 1st; Bears’ Elly Walters wins individual play with 73

Andy Bockelman





Moffat County High School’s Julia Christensen putts from the fringe on the 18th green at Yampa Valley Golf Course. MCHS was the host Saturday for the 4A Western Regional Tournament, with the Bulldogs led by Tané Otis with a 102, the team placing 12th overall. Rifle won as a team, as did the Bears’ Elly Walters with a 73.
Andy Bockelman

— If they hadn't gotten used to wet conditions by this point in the season, the players in the 4A Western Regional Tournament might have had some complaints about the precipitation this weekend, but there was no keeping these girl golfers from playing a full round.

Yampa Valley Golf Course was the site of the regional event Saturday, with Moffat County High School girls acting as the hosting team as 14 schools came to Craig.

Moffat County High School’s Tané Otis follows her drive from the eighth tee box at Yampa Valley Golf Course.Andy Bockelman

4A Western Regional Girls Golf Tournament

Individuals

Elly Walters/Rifle — 73*

Kiselya Plewe/Dolores — 74*

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Taylor Sandoval/Eagle Valley — 77*

Alyson Shuman/Palisade — 82*

Lauren Murphy/Glenwood Springs — 84*

Masi Smith/Rifle — 85*

Cheyanne Williams/Coal Ridge — 88*

Dolores Sharaf/Aspen — 89*

Alex Hanley/Montrose — 91*

Nicole Matthews/Eagle Valley — 92*

Faith Mewmaw/Durango — 93*

Nicole Cherry/Montrose — 93^

Abigail Smith/Dolores — 93^

Caitlin Morgan/Rifle — 94*

Taylor Kettel/Montrose — 94^

Kendal Sego/Battle Mountain — 95

Allyson Ludewig/Eagle Valley — 96

Callie Jones/Glenwood Springs — 98

Lisa Kelley/Glenwood Springs — 98

Keyana Matteson/Dolores — 99

LauraAnne Hanks/Gunnison — 100

Hannah Carver/Palisade — 102

Elsa Cassity/Aspen — 102

Tané Otis/Moffat County — 102

Audrey Jones/Glenwood Springs — 103

Maddie Vickers/Gunnison — 104

Emily Neuroth/Rifle — 106

Mae Sharaf/Aspen — 106

Lauren Biery/Durango — 107

Kierra Hall/Palisade — 107

Hayley Reed/Montrose — 107

Bailyn Salsbury/Gunnison — 109

Taylor Edwards/Durango — 110

Nikki Blizzard/Aspen — 111

Brittany Rhodes/Coal Ridge — 111

Elizabeth Felix/Gunnison — 112

Sam Ingalls/Palisade — 112

Katrina Chandler/Durango — 115

Macy Elmer/Coal Ridge — 115

Hannah Keller/Battle Mountain — 118

Jaci McDiffett/Moffat County — 119

Julia Christensen/Moffat County — 122

Brooke Krause/Moffat County — 122

Amanda Perlman/Steamboat Springs — 122

Kyra Allen/Dolores — 123

Addyson Harper/Grand Valley — 124

Jenna Miller/Steamboat Springs — 124

Kayla Holbrook/Grand Valley — 126

Lacey Bearisto/Battle Mountain — 129

Sarah Heineke/Steamboat Springs — 138

Kellyn Stanhope/Steamboat Springs — 138

Jaelyn Price/Coal Ridge — 142

Morgan Mueller/Battle Mountain — 160

Teams

Rifle — 252

Eagle Valley — 265

Dolores — 266

Montrose — 278

Glenwood Springs — 280

Palisade — 291

Aspen — 297

Durango — 310

Gunnison — 313

Coal Ridge — 314

Battle Mountain — 342

Moffat County — 346

Steamboat Springs — 384

Grand Valley — No score

— * denotes state qualifier. ^ denotes state alternate.

The big winners of the day were Rifle as the top team with a 252 tally, including Elly Walters, who shot a 73 — a one-over par 37 on the front nine, breaking even on the back — to edge out Dolores's Kiselya Plewe at 74 and Eagle Valley's Taylor Sandoval at 77.

MCHS coach Ann Marie Roberts said she was impressed three players were able to break 80 and shoot so close to par given the climate during the day.

A calm but overcast morning started things off nicely as players hit the links, but just as competitors were nearing the completion of their first nine holes, a downpour hit YVGC — not catastrophic enough to stop play but distracting enough that it was a factor in scoring.

Players persevered, donning their wet weather gear, as they trudged through the soggy grounds, hardly shocked at another tournament in the rain.

Despite the chills and moisture, Moffat County's Tané Otis shot her best round ever, a 102 to tie for 22nd in the field of 53.

"The past couple tournaments that we've had here were a definite help," she said.

The familiarity with the course was beneficial, and after starting on the front nine, Otis found her groove, starting with the seventh, eighth and ninth holes, taking a par on all three and notching a 46 before a tougher stretch on the back nine that was also coupled with the rain.

Teammates Jaci McDiffett, Brooke Krause and Julia Christensen all began on the back half of YVGC, McDiffett taking a 119 and Krause and Christensen each 122.

McDiffett struggled on the 15th hole especially, winding up with a 14 on the Par 5 but kept going through the rain on the front, shooting no higher than a seven.

Likewise, Krause and Christensen each had two double-digit holes that put them in trouble.

"My drives were actually really good, but then once I was going for long shots to the green that's what killed me," Krause said.

Roberts said she was pleased with the effort put forth by her players.

"It's tough when it's raining like that, but Tané shot her best, Julia maintained, Brooke was a little high and Jaci shot about her average and when you're shooting that around regionals, nothing wrong with that," she said.

The day ended with a sudden death playoff round on the 10th hole for players just on the cusp of qualifying for 4A state held in Pueblo this season, with Durango's Faith Mewmaw winning the honor against Nicole Cherry, of Montrose, and Abigail Smith, of Dolores, who will each be alternates, as will Montrose's Taylor Kettel.

The state championships will take place May 23 and 24, and Walters will shoot at state for her second year in a row.

"I struggled a lot last year, and this course (Pueblo Country Club) is a lot longer, but I'm excited to see how we do," she said.

While none of the hosting players were within the stroke count to go to state, Otis and her teammates remain optimistic that next season will be their year to go to the next level, combining more practice sessions this summer with their usual hard-working attitude.

"Our scores are getting really low by now, so if we just keep at it, I think we'll have a few girls headed to state," Otis said.

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

4A Western Regional Girls Golf Tournament

Individuals

Elly Walters/Rifle — 73*

Kiselya Plewe/Dolores — 74*

Taylor Sandoval/Eagle Valley — 77*

Alyson Shuman/Palisade — 82*

Lauren Murphy/Glenwood Springs — 84*

Masi Smith/Rifle — 85*

Cheyanne Williams/Coal Ridge — 88*

Dolores Sharaf/Aspen — 89*

Alex Hanley/Montrose — 91*

Nicole Matthews/Eagle Valley — 92*

Faith Mewmaw/Durango — 93*

Nicole Cherry/Montrose — 93^

Abigail Smith/Dolores — 93^

Caitlin Morgan/Rifle — 94*

Taylor Kettel/Montrose — 94^

Kendal Sego/Battle Mountain — 95

Allyson Ludewig/Eagle Valley — 96

Callie Jones/Glenwood Springs — 98

Lisa Kelley/Glenwood Springs — 98

Keyana Matteson/Dolores — 99

LauraAnne Hanks/Gunnison — 100

Hannah Carver/Palisade — 102

Elsa Cassity/Aspen — 102

Tané Otis/Moffat County — 102

Audrey Jones/Glenwood Springs — 103

Maddie Vickers/Gunnison — 104

Emily Neuroth/Rifle — 106

Mae Sharaf/Aspen — 106

Lauren Biery/Durango — 107

Kierra Hall/Palisade — 107

Hayley Reed/Montrose — 107

Bailyn Salsbury/Gunnison — 109

Taylor Edwards/Durango — 110

Nikki Blizzard/Aspen — 111

Brittany Rhodes/Coal Ridge — 111

Elizabeth Felix/Gunnison — 112

Sam Ingalls/Palisade — 112

Katrina Chandler/Durango — 115

Macy Elmer/Coal Ridge — 115

Hannah Keller/Battle Mountain — 118

Jaci McDiffett/Moffat County — 119

Julia Christensen/Moffat County — 122

Brooke Krause/Moffat County — 122

Amanda Perlman/Steamboat Springs — 122

Kyra Allen/Dolores — 123

Addyson Harper/Grand Valley — 124

Jenna Miller/Steamboat Springs — 124

Kayla Holbrook/Grand Valley — 126

Lacey Bearisto/Battle Mountain — 129

Sarah Heineke/Steamboat Springs — 138

Kellyn Stanhope/Steamboat Springs — 138

Jaelyn Price/Coal Ridge — 142

Morgan Mueller/Battle Mountain — 160

Teams

Rifle — 252

Eagle Valley — 265

Dolores — 266

Montrose — 278

Glenwood Springs — 280

Palisade — 291

Aspen — 297

Durango — 310

Gunnison — 313

Coal Ridge — 314

Battle Mountain — 342

Moffat County — 346

Steamboat Springs — 384

Grand Valley — No score

— * denotes state qualifier. ^ denotes state alternate.