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MCHS boys golf team finishes second in regular-season finale

Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team had one last chance Wednesday to improve before next week's regional tournament.

However, sub par conditions made that task more difficult.

Still, the Bulldogs placed two golfers in the top 10 at Dos Rios Golf Course in Gunnison — seniors Parker King (2) and Colby Haddan (T7) — and finished second overall for one of the team's best finishes of the season.

"It was a horrible day with the rain, but all the guys played well," head coach Ken Harjes said. "The rain made it cold and miserable and by the end the kids could barely hang onto their clubs because it was freezing. The weather caused the scores to be a little high, but we adjusted."

King shot a 79, Haddan an 85, and fellow seniors Trey Jourgensen and Ethan O'Mailia shot 91 and 104, respectively.

Harjes said the four seniors had never played at Dos Rios before Wednesday, and he wanted to give them an opportunity that would help the team at the 4A regional tournament Sept. 20 at Rifle Creek Golf Course.

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"Playing a course you have never played makes you have to think about a lot of the shots you take, so it will help prepare our guys for Rifle Creek," Harjes said. "Like Rifle, there were a lot of tight holes in Gunnison that can add on some extra strokes, and I wanted us to be able to limit those."

The Bulldogs also played Sept. 8 at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, finishing eighth as a team.

King again led the way, shooting a 76, with Haddan not far behind with a 79.

O'Mailia recorded a 91, Jourgensen a 101 and junior Tyler Jenkins a 102.

Harjes said the biggest surprise from the past two weeks has been Haddan's play.

He shot a 79 earlier this month at Yampa Valley Golf Course, his first round under 80 ever.

"I think the biggest thing Colby has going right now is confidence," Harjes said. "We would see him hit well on the range and the golf course during practice, but he would get really frustrated when he wasn't doing it during tournaments. His round in our home tournament finally gave him confidence and he is accelerating through balls and playing consistent.

"Colby is as smooth as can be right now."

Haddan, King, Jourgensen and O'Mailia will represent MCHS at the regional tournament for a second

straight season.

Last year, King was the only Bulldog to advance to the state tournament.

A tee time has not been set, but the team will start on the back 9 at Rifle Creek.

"We have to stay out of trouble on the course and the back 9 is the hardest," Harjes said. "We will start there when we are fresh and sharp, so I think it will help. If they can bogey a few of the tough holes, that is OK, but they can't be taking an 8 or 9 because that is hard to fight back from."

Only one 4A team will advance to the state tournament as well as six or seven individuals, depending on the number of players.

Harjes said his players need to score 80 or lower to qualify for the state tournament.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we send two or three guys, but they know it will be tough," he said. "We are going to game plan Monday, but really they just have to go out there and play."

Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at joshgordon@craigdailypress.com.

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