MCHS golfers have strong showing

— The Moffat County high School golf team came in third place at the MCHS Invitational Thursday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

"We finished in third out of 17 teams," said coach Ken Harjes. "We are really excited about the way we played. I knew that the team could get a team score of 240."

Steamboat Springs took the top spot with a team score of 232. Grand Junction Central finished in second place with 237 and the Bulldogs placed in third with a 240.

Durango, only two points behind Moffat County, took fourth place.

"Steamboat Springs is a tough team," said Harjes. "They have some really good players."

Individually, junior Jerrod Aragon placed for the Bulldogs with a tie for fourth place and a final score of 78.

"The score of 78 was my personal best in a tournament," said Aragon. "It's great to be at home for the first tournament of the year."

Aragon said he had a very balanced round of golf.

"My round was real consistent," he said. "I got a 39 on the front nine and a 39 on the second. I had a problem with the driver to start out with, but as I played I worked it out and it was great. My group was tough I tied another kid from Aspen, Colo., and the other kid was a good golfer, but he didn't play well today. The team scored well and I am happy."

Senior Richard Padon came in eighth place with an 79. Other MCHS varsity low score were by junior C.J. Rugh who fired an 83, senior Dane Lyon who finished the day with an 84 and freshman Evan Pressley who had an 89.

"I definitely could have played better today (Thursday)," said Padon. "We have the same team this year as last and I am happy with the way we played in our home tournament."

Steamboat Springs golfer Jeff Franks took home the top spot after shooting a 73. Sklar Rubin of Steamboat Springs and Tommy Parksin of Durango tied for second with a 77.

The MCHS junior varsity team was lead by sophomore Nate Vaccari who finished with an 85.

The Bulldogs played today in Rifle and Saturday will travel to Vernal, Utah.

"Rifle is the regional course so that is going to be tough on Friday," said Aragon. "There are going to be 23 teams in Rifle so it's going to be slow and we just need to have patience."

The Bulldogs will take their top golfers to the Rifle Invitational, Harjes said.

"I am going to take the top five golfers to Rifle," said Hajres. "Then on Saturday I am going to mix things around. In the first couple of tournaments I am going to try to take as many as golfers as I can."

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