Golf team has 'turnaround' at YVGC

It was a good week for Moffat County High School sophomore golfer Shawn Brookshire.

On Wednesday, Brookshire had the team's second best score at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. The performance earned him the fifth spot on the varsity roster for Thursday's meet at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

After making the last spot on varsity, Brookshire stepped up to shoot an 81 and lead the Bulldogs on their home course.

"It feels real good right now," Brookshire said. "I had some nerves at the start of the day because I'd never been on varsity, but once I started, I was fine."

His 81 was the second-best he had shot at the YVGC.

Senior Brady Virden and sophomore Kaleb McKey turned in rounds of 82 to give the Bulldogs their second-best team score of the season, 245.

"At least we had a big turnaround from yesterday," Virden said after only one 'Dog shot below 90 at Haymaker. "Hopefully the improving stays."

Virden didn't appear as if he was shooting one of his better rounds of the season on the final holes.

"I was upset that I had let go a bit," he said. "I started off strong with four pars but then doubled and couldn't stay consistent."

McKey's appearance was more upbeat.

"I played the last nine well," he said. "I was more comfortable today at home. ... It wasn't pretty yesterday."

The sophomore said he tried to tone down his approach after blowing up on a hole Wednesday.

"I'm trying not to hit the hero shot," he said. "Consistency is important the rest of the season."

The Bulldogs finished sixth out of 16 teams, and they were three stokes out of third. Steamboat Springs distanced itself from the field with a 224, and Battle Mountain had its best day of the year with a 230.

Senior Erik Griffin gave his back a rest from carrying the team Wednesday and shot an 87. Junior Kyle Wilson also turned in an 87 for the varsity Bulldogs.

"I really didn't know what to expect after yesterday," coach Ken Harjes said. "I hoped for top three, and we were just a few strokes off of that, so not bad."

The Bulldogs had seven players in the 80s after having only one the day before.

"A lot of our guys came back and had good back nines," Harjes said. "It may have taken them a bit to warm up and get yesterday out of their head."

The JV golfers will travel Monday and Thursday, while the varsity five will be in Montrose at Black Canyon Golf Course on Wednesday and Cobble Creek on Thursday.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 970-824-7031, ext. 211 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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