MCHS results from Bookcliff Golf Course, Grand Junction
11. MCHS; 265
84 Nick Moyer
90 Taylor Branstetter
91 Mark Dockstader
97 Erick Leonard
101 Parker King
As the first Moffat County High School sports team to compete this fall, the Bulldogs were looking to shake off the summer vacation dust Monday while competing in their season-opening tournament at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.
When the dust had settled, the Bulldog ball strikers finished 11th, with a team score of 265.
"We did OK," MCHS coach Ken Harjes said. "There were 10 teams better than us, and there were 10 teams worse than us. I thought we did pretty well for the first taste of competition this season."
For those who missed the fairways Monday, Bookcliff didn't play nice.
Nick Moyer was one of the golfers who found trouble off the tees.
Moyer carded a team-low round of 84, but he said he could have gone much lower if not for the long grass found in Bookcliff's rough.
"My tee shots didn't go too well," Moyer said. "The rough was really, really long. It was tough if you missed the fairways, which I did a couple of times."
Through the round's first six holes, Moyer found himself nine over par. But, the MCHS senior rebounded to shoot three over the rest of the way.
"I hit my irons really well," he said, "and my putter was working for me, too. Overall, the round wasn't horrible, but I know what I need to work on, that's for sure."
Taylor Branstetter (90) and Mark Dockstader (91) rounded out the top-3 scoring, which accounted for the team total of 265.
Erick Leonard (97) and Parker King (101) accounted for the remaining two scores on the five-man varsity squad.
Montrose won the 4A/5A combination tourney with three rounds under 80 (71, 76, 76) tallying a 223.
"Besides the numbers that Montrose out up, the league isn't as strong as I thought it would be," Harjes said. "If we can get Nick breaking 80, and a couple guys in the low 80s, I think we will do well this season."
Harjes said his team seemed a little bit slow out of the gate, but after warming up, he said they played smart golf the rest of the way.
"We left a lot of strokes on the green though," he said. "So take a guess what we are working on tomorrow? If you guessed putting, you hit it on the screws."
The Bulldog junior varsity team, led by assistant coach Eric Hansen, will compete today at Tiaro Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction.
The MCHS varsity squad heads to Montrose on Wednesday, to compete in back-to-back tournaments at Bridges Golf Course (1 p.m. Wednesday) and Black Canyon Golf Course (8:30 a.m. Thursday).
"We're just getting started," Harjes said. "We've got a lot of golf left to play."
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