Moffat County boys golf opens season with 3rd place finish in Gypsum | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County boys golf opens season with 3rd place finish in Gypsum

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

From left, Moffat County High School golfers Shandon Hadley, Mike Bingham and Torin Reed head out onto the first fairway at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The three, as well as Eddie Smercina and Colton Hinkemeyer, competed in their first tournament of the season Wednesday, placing third among 3A teams at Gypsum Creek.

Moffat County High School boys varsity golf team shot a combined 276 Wednesday at Gypsum Creek Golf Course to place third among eight 3A schools in Eagle Valley High School's 3A and 4A tournament.

Mike Bingham took a 77, placing third individually. Shandon Hadley followed for the Bulldogs, shooting 99, while Eddie Smercina notched 100, Torin Reed a 102 and Colton Hinkemeyer 122.

Coach Justin Folley said the results were solid, with three of his players completely new to the team and only one of the five who attended at all familiar with the grounds.

"Mikey's the only who's ever even seen this course, so they all had some good scores considering," he said. "The back nine was atrocious, but the front was pretty good to them."

Moffat County had intended a Monday event at Grand Junction's Bookcliff to open the year for them, though a scheduling error altered those plans.

Most of the team had a tougher outing Thursday at EagleVail Golf Club in Avon, notching a 290 during the day.

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Bingham led the Bulldogs with an 87, while Hadley had a 98. Smercina shot 105, Reed 111 and Hinkemeyer 136.

The junior varsity team will travel to Rifle Aug. 27, and varsity will next play at Steamboat Springs' Haymaker Sept. 3.

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