Coach Ken Harjes, left, presents varsity letters to the MCHS golf team Wednesday night at Moffat County High School. The golf team celebrated the end of the season with an award ceremony. The team is, from left, Trey Jourgensen, Colby Haddan, Parker King, Ty DeGuelle, Mark Dockstader, Alex McKey, Taylor Branstetter and coach Joe Padon.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Coach Ken Harjes, left, presents varsity letters to the MCHS golf team Wednesday night at Moffat County High School. The golf team celebrated the end of the season with an award ceremony. The team is, from left, Trey Jourgensen, Colby Haddan, Parker King, Ty DeGuelle, Mark Dockstader, Alex McKey, Taylor Branstetter and coach Joe Padon.

Golf team awards banquet is end of season, career

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Varsity letters

Players receiving varsity golf letters during MCHS golf presentations and awards ceremony Wednesday night:

Name, grade, pin

Colby Haddan, Soph., 1

Trey Jourgensen, Soph., 1

Parker King, Soph., 2

Mark Dockstader, Junior, 2

Ty DeGuelle, Senior, 3

Alex McKey, Senior, 2

Greg Blackstun, Senior, 2

Taylor Branstetter, Senior, 3

Although the boys varsity golf season ended Oct. 5 with the regional tournament in Steamboat Springs, closure came Wednesday night.

The team met for the first time since finishing eighth in the regional tournament Wednesday, when parents and coaches attended the awards banquet at Moffat County High School.

Coach Ken Harjes said his team had fun but took the game seriously during the year.

"They handled practice professionally," he said. "Anything I asked them to do, they would try. They worked on their skills, learned and put in hard for an hour and a half."

And with the year officially over, Harjes said he couldn't wait for next season.

"We have a tremendous amount of talent returning," he said. "With some of our sophomores and juniors coming back, we should have a good nucleus."

Next fall also might see some more involvement from the golfers regarding their home course.

"I'd like to see if we can't help out with things around the golf course," he said. "We could help out during our practices."

Next year, the team will rely on the efforts of Mark Dockstader, Parker King and Trey Jourgensen - three of the four players along with senior Taylor Branstetter who took the team to regionals.

But, the most impressive asset of his team was not how it performed on the field, but off it, Harjes said.

"Not only was this team competitive, but everywhere we went we got compliments from other coaches about how they played and acted on the course," Harjes said. "That wasn't really surprising to me, though."

Next year, the team will be without seniors Alex McKey, Ty DeGuelle, Greg Blackstun and Taylor Branstetter.

Players receiving participation awards included Zac Ahlmer, Gunner Pickering, Wes Whiffen and Eli Voyich

Assistant coach Joe Padon guided the junior varsity team for the first time this year and agreed with Harjes, saying the group stood out because of its character.

"This team improved so much by the end of the year," Padon said. "When we were on the course, I never saw them get upset. It's because of them that I'm proud to be a Moffat County coach. I was always proud to have Moffat County written on my chest."

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