Parker King, left, and Mark Dockstader work to clear snow away from the sixth green Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The two are Moffat County High School golf team members who volunteered time during their spring break to the golf course.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Parker King, left, and Mark Dockstader work to clear snow away from the sixth green Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The two are Moffat County High School golf team members who volunteered time during their spring break to the golf course.

MCHS golfers try to push up course opening date by shoveling greens

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With spring officially upon the Yampa Valley, the time is almost right for golf.

For Moffat County High School golfers Parker King and Mark Dockstader, golf season can’t come soon enough.

While Yampa Valley Golf Course is not yet open and will not be open until the snow is gone, King and Dockstader spent some of their spring break clearing off sections of the course to try and move the course’s start date up.

Dockstader said he wouldn’t have been doing much with his week off, anyways, and shoveling the greens not only got him outside, but also brought him closer to hitting the links.

“We thought it would go faster,” he said. “That way, we can get some putting in before the season starts.

“That was our main goal.”

But with several inches of fresh snow Friday, the duo of Dockstader and King had a setback.

However, a little extra snow didn’t deter the two from clearing off a space on the course from which to practice.

“We’re just trying to get a head start,” Dockstader said. “You get bored just sitting around the house.”

The MCHS boys golf season is in the fall.

For Dockstader, his road to the state tournament has started early.

The MCHS junior narrowly missed the state playoffs last season during the regional tournament in Steamboat Springs, and he has started preparing for this season.

He said he would grab any extra green time he could.

“I definitely think it’s key,” he said. “Your short game could always use work, and any extra time, even if it’s just a Wii, could help.”

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