MCHS golfers finish sixth in Rifle

Junior Parker King paces Bulldogs with 77

Individual MCHS boys varsity golf results from Monday’s tournament at Rifle Gap Golf Course in Rifle:

Name Score

• Parker King 77

• Trey Jourgensen 85

• Colby Haddan 93

• Ethan O’Mailia 101

• Taft Cleverly 104

For the second time in a week, the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team has had to compete without one of its top players.

And, for the second time in almost a week, the team has responded well to the challenge, coach Ken Harjes said.

Playing Tuesday at Rifle Gap Golf Course in Rifle, the team finished sixth out of 15 teams with a score of 255. The team was without the help of senior Mark Dockstader, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Junior Parker King again led the Bulldogs with a score of 77, which tied him for seventh-place.

“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “I had two double bogeys and an eagle on a par-five.

“It was short, but I was able to get it there.”

After King, fellow juniors Trey Jourgensen, Colby Haddan and Ethan O’Mailia led the Bulldogs.

Jourgensen shot an 85, Haddan finished with a 93 and O’Mailia shot 101.

Freshman Taft Cleverly shot a 104, which Harjes said was an accomplishment for never having been to Rifle before.

“I thought Taft played alright,” he said. “The back nine at Rifle is kind of gimmicky, but I thought our guys handled it alright.”

By gimmicky, Harjes said the greens play faster than those at Yampa Valley Golf Course, and some of the holes have odd lay-outs.

But, the Bulldogs controlled what they could, Harjes said.

“Trey was chipping a lot better than I had seen him chip this year,” he said. “Colby was doing a lot of good things. He added a couple of strokes here and there.

“Ethan wasn’t having his best day, but that’s golf. You’ll never have all your guys having their best day at the same tournament.”

With Dockstader, who has played in Rifle before, the team could have expected to shave 10 to 15 strokes off its score, Harjes said.

But, even without the senior, the Bulldogs have to soldier on, Harjes said.

“There are plenty of football teams who have had to play without their starting quarterback,” he said. “But, our guys didn’t quit and, overall, I thought they were playing alright.”

The team plays next at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Vail.

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