Craig It might sound like an excuse, but Moffat County High School golf coach Ken Harjes genuinely believes that a player loses a couple of strokes when they play a course for the first time.
"People who play a lot of golf understand (that theory)," he said. "But just to someone who is a casual golfer they'll probably say that it doesn't matter."
An inexperienced Bulldog golf team struggled through three consecutive tournaments this week, starting on Wednesday at Cortez, Thursday at Durango, and at Pagosa Springs on Friday.
Before this week, senior Sean Smith was the only one of five Bulldog golfers to play on the courses.
And Smith didn't exactly feel like he showed his experience.
"I had some terrible drives this week," he said. "I also choked big-time on several holes."
Smith shot 88, 92 and 92 for the three-day Southwest Colorado tour.
Junior Nick Moyer led the team all three days with scores of 86, 86 and 85.
The other three golfers to make the trip were Jake Steele, Taylor Branstetter and Greg Blackstun, who "shot mostly in the mid-to-high 90s," said Harjes.
The team finished in the bottom third of each tournament against 12 teams.
Harjes said the trip was good for the team because they will return for the regional tournament at the Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez.
"I was real impressed with that course and it will be a good one to have the regional at," Harjes said.
The Bulldogs originally had two tournaments scheduled for next week, but will now only play at Delta's Devil Thumb Golf Course on Wednesday.
"It will be good for us to get in some practice and catch up with school," Harjes said. "The guys could really spend hours on their short game the next couple of weeks."