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MCHS golf team using 1st tournament as learning experience

Joshua Gordon

Colby Haddan, a Moffat County High School senior, follows through with his swing Aug. 10 during the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team’s practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The Bulldogs competed in their first tournament of the season Monday, finishing 15th out of 22 teams. Senior Parker King led the way for MCHS with a 76 at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.





Colby Haddan, a Moffat County High School senior, follows through with his swing Aug. 10 during the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team's practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The Bulldogs competed in their first tournament of the season Monday, finishing 15th out of 22 teams. Senior Parker King led the way for MCHS with a 76 at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.
Joshua Gordon

Results

Individual scores from the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team's tournament Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction:

(Name — score)

• Parker King — 76

• Trey Jourgensen — 82

• Colby Haddan — 94

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• Ethan O'Mailia — 97

• Tyler Jenkins — 107

— The Bulldogs finished 15th out of 22 teams.

The four seniors on the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team now have a better idea of what they have to refine at practice.

The Bulldogs competed in their first tournament of the season Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction.

The seniors — Parker King (76), Trey Jourgensen (82), Colby Haddan (94), and Ethan O'Mailia (97) — were joined by sophomore Tyler Jenkins (107) at the season-opening tournament.

While scores were about what he expected, head coach Ken Harjes said more work on the short game would go a long way in improving them.

Harjes and the seniors set up situations Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course to help lower scores for upcoming rounds.

"We are going to keep working on chipping because you can never do too much work in that area," he said. "The pros spend about 75 percent of their time on chipping, so there is no reason we shouldn't, either."

King, a state qualifier last year, led the way for the Bulldogs. Jenkins competed in his first varsity tournament.

The team finished 15th overall out of 22 teams, ranging from 2A to 4A schools.

"We did OK, but I know we are better overall," Harjes said. "I know Colby and Ethan will shoot better. And if Parker and Trey stay consistent, we will beat some teams.

"(Monday) was just one of those days that if you make up five or six strokes, you move up five or six positions. The scores were that close."

Jourgensen said he would have to be more consistent with his chipping as the season progresses, but felt "pretty good" about the tournament.

"It was a relief for sure," Jourgensen said of getting the first tournament out of the way. "The fact that we had only a week of practice heading into the first tournament, I was a little nervous, but now that is done."

Because of the limited practice time, Jourgensen said he had to rely on his summer rounds to improve.

"During the summer, I really worked on my accuracy and consistency with my irons and woods," he said. "Last year, I was really inconsistent with my irons, with a few good shots and then a few shots that weren't so good and all over the place. I learned to line up my feet and aim for something to improve my accuracy, and I think it helped in the first tournament."

Harjes said his players made a few mental errors Monday, such as managing the golf course, which kept them from finishing with lower scores.

"The guys need to take what they can get," he said. "If they have to shoot for a bogey, take your bogey. But, they can't be putting up 7 or 8 because it is a lot harder to come back from that.

"If they put up a few bogeys with some pars and birdies, that is a pretty good round of golf."

Aside from the short game, Harjes said the Bulldogs putted well and drove well from the tees.

He said getting the first tournament under their belts would help players tremendously.

"It is all a learning experience," he said. "The most important tournament is going to be regionals, but we want to do well in all tournaments.

"The first tournament gives them good experience moving forward."

The Bulldogs play today at Black Canyon Golf Club in Montrose and Thursday at The Bridges Golf Course in Montrose. Both tournaments begin at 9 a.m.

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Results

Individual scores from the Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team’s tournament Monday at Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction:

(Name — score)

• Parker King — 76

• Trey Jourgensen — 82

• Colby Haddan — 94

• Ethan O’Mailia — 97

• Tyler Jenkins — 107

— The Bulldogs finished 15th out of 22 teams.

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