After taking some lumps on the road, athletes in any sport are glad to return to their own turf. Since the members of the Moffat County High School boys golf team have only one chance to play at home in their season, they wanted to make it count.
Moffat County High School Boys Golf Invitational
Tyler Dove, 77, Grand Valley — First
Brandon Martin, Steamboat Springs; Will Firestone, Steamboat Springs, 79 — Second (tie)
Andrew Firestone, 80, Steamboat Springs — Fourth
Wyatt Carter, Rifle; Marshal Way, Rangely, 81 — Fifth (tie)
Trevor Alberts, Palisade; Mike Bingham, Moffat County; Spencer Petersen, Steamboat Springs; Jacob Smith, Rifle, 82 — Seventh (tie)
Drew Williamson, Steamboat Springs, 85 — 11th
Tanner Caldarola, Eagle Valley, 86 — 12th
Noah Bass, Steamboat Springs; Chris Kling, Moffat County; Nathan Woll, Palisade, 87 — 13th (tie)
Steamboat — 238
Brandon Martin, 79; Will Firestone, 79; Andrew Firestone, 80; Spencer Petersen, 82; Noah Bass, 87
Rifle — 251
Wyatt Carter, 81; Jacob Smith, 82; Kohl Keithley, 88; Elliot Krebill, 100; Matt Piper, No card
Moffat County — 258
Mike Bingham, 82; Chris Kling, 87; Phillip Chadwick, 89; Tyler Davis, 96; Matt Hamilton, 109
Palisade — 259
Trevor Alberts, 82; Nathan Woll, 87; Braydon Weiszbrod, 90; Joe Lucas, 91; Kyle Krabbe, 93
Rangely — 278
Marshal Way, 81; Nick Burri, 92; Robert Dunker, 105; Jarrod Fiscus, 127; James Scoggins, 130
Battle Mountain — 278
Wyatt Dilling, 88; Jack Nichols, 89; Mykah Huang, 94; Hunter Fox, 101
Eagle Valley — 294
Tanner Caldarola, 86; Michael Sandoval, 100; Jay Bullock, 108
Aspen — 309
Nick Slossberg, 98; Carter Hall, 99; Henry Ferguson, 112; Liam Rigney, 119; Charlie Guilander, 127
Grand Valley — No score
Tyler Dove, 77; Kade Hurst, 131; Sean Doyle, No card
Steamboat Springs — 268
Drew Williamson, 85; Jack Coon, 88; Jacob Taulman, 94; Jack Starkey, 95; Jordan Gorr, 97; Nolan Salkey, No card
Palisade — 296
Ryan Cox, 91; Kyle Tucker, 100; Cole Gillian, 105; KJ Seriani, 110
Aspen — 308
Miles McConnell, 98; Will Devers, 104; Ty Yocum, 106; Spencer Shaw, 111; Jackson Serraro, 127
Moffat County — 324
Colton Hinkemeyer, 103; Silas Canto, 106; David Wildemuth, 115; Daniel Rockwell, 127
Rangely — 397
Caleb Noel, 123; Austin Ficken, 130; Landon Rowley, 144
MCHS results from Steamboat Springs
The boys golf team also played Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.
Mike Bingham, 81
Phillip Chadwick, 93
Tyler Davis, 93
Chris Kling, 87
Matt Hamilton, 110
— The team placed third with a score of 267.
MCHS placed third out of nine teams during its Wednesday tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, notching its lowest numbers for the season, with a 258 for the day.
“I think that’s the best we’ve done the last three seasons,” coach Justin Folley said.
The team’s tally, comprising the top three qualifying scores from seniors Mike Bingham (82), Chris Kling (87) and Phillip Chadwick (89), ties with MCHS’s total last year at home, but the entirety of varsity scores were lower than last year, with Tyler Davis and Matt Hamilton rounding out the top flight with a 96 and a 109, respectively.
Steamboat Springs’ 238 put the Sailors in first as a team, while Grand Valley’s Tyler Dove led individually at 77 strokes.
Bingham was three over the 79 he recorded at the Moffat County Invitational last season. A respectable 39 on the front nine fell apart on the back.
“He was having a lot of trouble with his irons,” Folley said. “We’re going to need to work on that in practice. He’s out here almost every day, and a lot of these kids are willing to put in the time to get better.”
Although Bingham didn’t have his best game, Kling and Chadwick each reached goals of breaking 90 for the first time.
The next stop at golf greatness is 79 or lower, Kling said.
“I want to see how low I can go,” he said.
Chadwick got off to a great start with an eagle on his first hole, though some club selections throughout the day made the game more of a struggle than it needed to be.
“It’s all about mentality,” he said.
The whole of MCHS golf was able to participate in the event, the first tournament for some. Folley observed his players and their opponents throughout the day all over the course with a golf cart, as did other coaches and some parents.
“They know this course pretty well,” he said about his team and the teams that frequently have attended the tournament. “We actually had the coach from Palisade beg and plead with our AD (athletic director) to let them play, so I’m pretty honored by that.”
The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of rough events, both in Montrose. The team did not post a full score at Cobble Creek on Aug. 28 because two players “X’d out,” Folley said, owing to the high level of difficulty at the course.
On Tuesday, MCHS didn’t do much better at Montrose’s Black Canyon, despite a layout very much like that of YVGC.
“It’s almost identical, really,” Folley said.
The Black Canyon meet saw Bingham shoot 90, Kling a 101, Chadwick 104 and Davis 106.
Both tournaments were difficult, Davis said, though he had the greatest stroke improvement when the Bulldogs traveled to Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker Golf Course on Thursday.
MCHS placed third again, this time with a 267, led by Bingham with an 81.
With both ups and downs, Davis said his first and only season playing golf has left him longing for his primary sport.
“I think I’m ready for basketball,” he laughed.
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