If the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has a day like it did Wednesday, big things are in store, coach Ken Harjes said.
Playing at the Bridges Golf Course in Montrose, the team shot a combined 232 to finish tied for fifth overall.
“It was one of our best rounds ever,” Harjes said.
Senior Mark Dockstader shot a 74 on the par-71 course, junior Parker King shot 75, junior Trey Jourgensen shot 83 and juniors Colby Haddan and Ethan O’Mailia both shot 95.
“Mark was actually two under with two to go,” Harjes said. “But, he took an eight. He hung in there, though, and got a par on his next hole.”
Montrose was first in the 16-team tournament with a combined score of 216.
The team’s ability to keep up with the top-ranked teams in the Western Slope have Harjes feeling confident, he said.
“I saw a lot of good things out there,” he said. “They were playing smart golf. Even when they got in trouble, they kept finding ways to get back.”
Dockstader was especially consistent, which Harjes said made his day a lot easier.
“He was par, par, par,” Harjes said. “I kept telling him ‘Boring is good.’ It seemed like every hole he would hit the fairway, get it onto to the green, two putts and onto the next hole.
“That’s when boring is fine.”
On Thursday, the team stayed in Montrose, playing at Black Canyon Golf Course, but had far different results.
Dockstader was sidelined due to a lingering shoulder injury, while the other teams couldn’t miss, Harjes said.
“We didn’t play as well the second day,” he said. “It was one of those days where they had to prove to themselves they could play better.
“They didn’t get down on themselves and they did alright.”
King shot an 80 to lead MCHS, O’Mailia shot an 87, Jourgensen shot 88 and Haddan shot 93.
The story of the second day, however, was the competition.
Montezuma-Cortez shot a combined 215 to win the tournament, Aspen was second with a 218, Durango was third with a 219 and Montrose was fourth with a 220.
MCHS finished ninth out of 12 teams with a combined 255.
“I was pleased with how our four juniors played,” Harjes said. “They are a coachable group, and they made adjustments as the day went on.”