It's been a trying season for the Moffat County Bulldog golf team, however things are starting to shape up for the regional tournament.
The Bulldogs traveled to Aspen on Monday and to Fruita on Tuesday, and coach Ken Harjes said he saw an overall improvement but knows his golfers are capable of bigger and better things.
"They were much more positive," Harjes said.
The negativity that was hovering over the Yampa Valley Golf Course during last week's home tournament is hopefully in the past.
"The kids are happy about the way they're playing," Harjes said about his team.
The Aspen tournament featured 13 teams, and Moffat County finished sixth with 258 strokes, four strokes out of fourth place.
"The scores were a little high, but the course can play long," Harjes said.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs at Aspen was senior Kaleb McKey.
McKey shot an 82, which was good enough for eighth place and it was the best round he's seen in quite some time.
"Kaleb started with three bogeys but he played with a positive attitude," Harjes said. "I saw him hit a lot of good shots."
Starting Tuesday, Harjes said his golfers assured him they would finish fifth or better and they delivered. The Bulldogs finished in fifth place out of 10 teams with 252.
Sean Smith was the leader for the Bulldogs at the Adobe Creek course.
"Sean had a couple of holes that he was discouraged with but an 80 is a good round for him," Harjes said.
Harjes also said his team was happier about the way they are golfing. He believes they are capable of shooting better than an 80, but they need to do it at the right time.
Up next for Moffat County is the regional tournament in Delta, a course they played on Aug. 30.
Having previous experience on the course, and getting a practice round in the day before should be beneficial to the team Harjes said.
The regional is set for Sept. 20 at 8 a.m.
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