MCHS golfers Fox, Harjes shoot well at state tourney

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Sam Fox

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Caitlin Harjes

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Moffat County High School sophomore Caitlin Harjes practices her putts at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Harjes and senior Sam Fox represented the MCHS girls varsity golf team Monday and Tuesday at the 4A state championships. Fox placed 59th while Harjes finished 70th.

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MCHS girls varsity golf state results

Name — 1st Round/2nd — Place

Sam Fox — 97/93— 59

Caitlin Harjes — 102/98—70

It can take some time to get your bearings on an unfamiliar golf course, an aspect of the game that can either plague players mentally or make them better each time they tackle new surroundings.

Moffat County High School competitors Sam Fox and Caitlin Harjes chose the latter.

Fox and Harjes placed 59th and 70th, respectively, at the 4A state championships Monday and Tuesday at the Boomerang Links in Greeley.

Fox, an MCHS senior, shot a combined score of 190 for the two-day tournament — 97 Monday and 93 Tuesday.

Fox said she could feel the difference on the second day of the event, knowing what kind of lie she could expect on each green and which holes had the most troublesome rough beside the fairway.

Still, having this data didn’t guarantee her an easy time.

“The holes were pretty typical, just sometimes it was because of how I hit it,” she said.

For Tuesday’s round, Fox notched a 48 on the back nine and a 45 on the front.

“I played the back nine first and that just killed me,” she said, “After that, I just started doing a lot better because I was more warmed up.”

Coach Ann Marie Roberts said the main detraction of the Boomerang course was its pure size.

“It’s about 600 yards longer (overall) than anything they’ve played, so I think that may have hurt them a little,” she said. “They both shot a lot better than their averages.”

Roberts added that both her players’ progress was more apparent throughout the day, especially on Tuesday.

“It was nice to see them really start thinking more about their shots instead of just going up and swinging,” Roberts said.

Fox also finished much stronger than her previous trip to state in 2011, where she tied for 73rd. She improved her initial ranking of 62nd after the first day, while Harjes, a sophomore, stood at 69th on Monday afternoon.

Overall, Harjes’s stroke count was 200 — a 102 and a 98.

“I’m really happy with how I did (Tuesday) since I broke 100, and that’s all I really wanted,” she said.

Harjes said the presence of some familiar faces alleviated the tension she was feeling about her first trip to the state competition.

“One of the girls I was paired with was from Delta so I knew her, and then the second day I was with a girl from Coal Ridge so it was nice to be playing with somebody from my area,” she said.

With a state tournament under her belt, Harjes said she knows what to expect of herself for competition next year.

“I’m hoping to shoot in the 90s next year for both days, maybe get somewhere between 88 and 98,” she said.

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