Moffat County’s boys golf team started off its 2013 season Tuesday with difficulty putting but still posted strong scores.
While the team’s combined score of 270 (the total from the top three golfers) at Eagle Vail Golf Course was not enough to put the rest of Colorado on notice, it was lower than the Bulldogs scored the entire 2012 season. Head coach Casey Kilpatrick saw plenty that pleased him.
“From a team standpoint, I’m pretty okay with where we finished,” Kilpatrick said. “Did I want the scores to be better? Sure. Our putting today was a bit off-balance, but 270 is 20 to 30 strokes lower than what we were shooting last year for a team score.”
The Bulldogs were led by senior Taft Cleverly, who shot 88. Casey Nations and Mike Bingham each shot 91 to round out scoring for Moffat County, while Tyler Jenkins recorded a 103 and Chris Kling 113.
Bingham, a freshman, was a pleasant surprise for Kilpatrick in his first high school golf contest.
“I think what impressed me the most about (Bingham) was his composure,” Kilpatrick said. “There’s no question the guy can play golf, but he got off to a shaky start. But it all came together for him, and he was parring holes and even birdied a hole.”
The Bulldogs play again Wednesday at Gypsum Creek Golf Course in a tournament hosted by Eagle Valley, then at Rifle Creek Golf Course Thursday.
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