One might think getting out of class to hit the links would be a fun way to spend a day. For many of the Moffat County High School boys golfers, however, it was torture.
Hosting the Bulldog Invitational on Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, the Bulldogs looked to have home-green advantage.
"They don't look like they're having any fun," said Ken Harjes, Moffat County's coach.
There weren't many smiles seen as players passed the clubhouse. But on the 18th hole, a bright spot emerged for the Bulldogs in the form of Collin Jackson.
"He's so close to shooting 39/39," Harjes said.
Jackson shot a 46 on the front nine but was determined to do better on the final nine.
"I started off bad," Jackson said. "On eight, I hit it out of bounds and ended up tripling the hole."
Jackson's back nine went much more smoothly. With a score of 39, he led the Bulldogs with a total of 85.
"I didn't play enough this summer," Jackson said.
Harjes was pleased to see his sophomore not give up after a bad start.
"They have to start to realize they can't play their best every day," Harjes said. "I just wish they would put forth the effort and try something to see if it helps. I'm disappointed that we didn't play better at home."
Jackson tried something, and it worked.
Bulldog front golfer Kaleb McKey was unable to recover from his tournament slump. McKey has been scoring in the high 80s in the past few tournaments and has not found a groove to recoup his game.
"I didn't hit anything today," McKey said. "My game was gone."
McKey has struggled lately and admitted that he puts a lot of pressure on himself to do well.
The tournament had 18 varsity teams participating from across the Western Slope.
"All of the teams came," Harjes said. "I want to thank the staff at Yampa Valley Golf Course. They do such a great job of having everything ready and getting the course in shape to play."
As a team, the Bulldogs finished 14th with a score of 268. Steamboat Springs won the tournament with a 227. Individually, senior Tucker Campbell of the Sailors scored the best round of his career.
"It's the best round of golf I've ever played," Campbell said. "I felt pretty good today."
Steamboat's coach Steve Dod--son said that as of late his team has been playing better, but it has still been a tough season.
"Hopefully when we get to regionals, it will all come together," Dodson said. "We seem to be struggling, getting three or four guys shooting in the 70s at the same time."
For Dodson and the rest of his team, that wasn't the case Thursday. Along with Campbell in the 70s, Cody Fritz tied for fifth, scoring a 75.
Harjes is holding out hope that things will come together for his team when regionals roll around Sept. 20.
The next action for the Moffat County boys golf team will be Monday in Aspen.
Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.