Kyle Wilson found a way to quell the Moffat County boys golf team's struggles. All it takes is a hole-in-one.
The senior aced the fifth hole of the Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango on Thursday. It was his first hole-in-one and the first for a varsity Moffat County player during coach Ken Harjes' 25 seasons as coach.
"I saw Kyle, and he said, 'watch his coach,'" Harjes said. "Then he went over and picked the ball up out of the hole."
Wilson said it made it more special that Harjes at least was there to see the end of the result.
The 190-yard hole was in between clubs for Wilson.
"I thought I hit a bad shot, and it just kept rolling," he said. "Then the ball disappeared."
Wilson finished the day with a season-best score of 85.
"It gave me some confidence for the rest of the round," he said. "I had par on the next hole."
Wilson's score was the third best for the Bulldogs that day. Juniors Kaleb McKey and Shawn Brookshire were the team's top golfers with 83 and 84, respectively. Freshman Collin Jackson had an 87, and senior Zach Haddan shot an 88.
Although results weren't available by the time the Bulldogs left for home, Harjes guessed his team finished fourth or fifth out of 10 teams.
"The good news was that we had all five guys under 90," Harjes said. "We didn't have the lowest scores, but neither did the rest of the field."
The Bulldogs traveled back to Craig last night and have today off. Next week nearly everyone on the team will have a chance to play in a tournament. Harjes said that with four tournaments, at least 10 guys would get a chance to be on the greens.
"I'm starting to get a better idea of who is the top on our team," he said. "But next week won't hurt."