Moffat County’s boys golf has been working to pass through the 270 barrier as a team this season but did not get over the hump Wednesday.
The varsity five played at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta, shooting 277 as a team. After working on their short game during the past week, it was the longer shots that got the best of the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
“It was an interesting day because they putted really well but had trouble hitting the ball for whatever reason,” said head coach Casey Kilpatrick.
It was on the greens and short chip shots that had given the Bulldogs the most trouble in weeks prior, but this time their driving and fairway shots were the bigger issue, Kilpatrick said.
Freshman Mike Bingham led the way, shooting 88 for Moffat County. Taft Cleverly recored a 94, Tyler Jenkins a 95, and Casey Nations and Chris Kling each shot 97. It was Nations’ highest score of the season, a number Kilpatrick is choosing to look at as an outlier for the junior.
“That was highest number I’ve seen him put up in a long time, unfortunately,” he said about Nations. “I’m going to attribute that to him just having a bad day.”
In Thursday’s tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, the story wasn’t much different. The Bulldogs shot 276 as a team, once again led by Bingham’s 89. Kling (93) and Nations (94) recorded the other two scoring rounds for the Bulldogs, while Cleverly (95) and Jenkins (96) were just behind.
Similar to many of Moffat County’s rounds this season, Thursday was lacking consistency.
“I was okay with those scores, we just left a lot of strokes out there again,” Kilpatrick said. “I drove around and saw the boys doing a lot of really good stuff, but when the scores came back they weren’t as low as I was expecting.”
The team now has played six tournaments, all with scores between 270 and 277.
It has been a source of frustration for the coach.
“I feel as a team, the boys are better than the 270s they’ve been putting up,” he said. “When I’ve seen them on our course and shooting, it’s better than what we’ve been seeing in a lot of these tournaments.”