Moffat County golfer Nick Moyer chips onto the No. 4 green at the Haymaker golf course Wednesday afternoon. Moyer shot an 85 to lead the Bulldogs at the Steamboat Invitational.

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Moffat County golfer Nick Moyer chips onto the No. 4 green at the Haymaker golf course Wednesday afternoon. Moyer shot an 85 to lead the Bulldogs at the Steamboat Invitational.

Potential for state

Moyer, Smith show promise at Steamboat golf tournament

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— As the Colorado high school golf season approaches the home stretch, Moffat County head coach Ken Harjes is in a precarious position.

He knows he has a young team and that the likelihood of finishing in the top two teams at the regional tournament in two weeks at Cortez is minimal.

But with two golfers who have the ability to get into that magical 70s number, Harjes said he's seeing signs that make him intrigued.

Case in point was Wednesday's Sailors Invitational at Hay-maker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

The Bulldogs finished in 10th place with a team score of 268, more than 30 shots behind eventual winner Fruita Monument.

But Moffat's top two individuals - Nick Moyer and Sean Smith - both shot scores that had Harjes thinking the two have what it takes to make state.

Moyer shot an 85, including carding a nine on a par 4, and Smith shot 91 despite striking the ball better than he has in sometime.

"Yeah, (Moyer) can get under an 80, and Sean can do it, too," Harjes said. "In Cortez, I really do think they can."

Jake Steele shot a 92, Taylor Branstetter shot a 99 and John Strahan shot a 108 to round out the team scores for the Bulldogs.

Harjes said he'd like to see all five players make improvements before today's tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, which has a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Considering it is the Bulldogs' home course, Harjes said he expects all of his golfers to perform well.

"I worry they might push a little trying to show how good they are at home," Harjes said. "But I would expect that the top two or three should play well at home."

Still, Harjes said he'd be pleased with whatever the team shoots, as long as they keep working at the pace they are now.

"I just think the emphasis on this is these kids are really hard workers," Harjes said. "If they keep trying and working hard, then I'm happy with what they shot."

To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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