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Moffat County boys golf shooting for state

Mike Bingham to play in 3A championship for 2nd year

Moffat County High School golfer Mike Bingham, left, and coach Justin Folley lean on the 150-yard marker on the driving range of Yampa Valley Golf Course. 150 also happens to be the approximate number of miles they will travel Sunday, heading to Eagle Ranch Golf Course for the 3A state tournament, which takes place Monday and Tuesday. Bingham is assured a spot in the event, while a second MCHS golfer, Shandon Hadley, qualified as an alternate but will not be attending.

Last fall was the first time in four years Moffat County High School boys golf sent someone to state, and the same athlete will be hitting that tournament again.

Bulldog golfer Mike Bingham will be teeing off Monday and Tuesday at the 3A State Championships at Eagle Ranch Golf Course, one of two MCHS swingers, the other being Shandon Hadley, who qualified during the Western regional event Sept. 22 at Steamboat Springs' Haymaker.

While Bingham's slot is guaranteed after placing 10th in the region, shooting an 85, while Hadley hit 95 to make alternate statusplacing 10th in the region, shooting an 85, while Hadley hit 95 to make alternate status. It was confirmed Friday that only Bingham will be going to Eagle.. It was confirmed Friday that only Bingham will be going to Eagle.

placing 10th in the region, shooting an 85, while Hadley hit 95 to make alternate status. It was confirmed Friday that only Bingham will be going to Eagle.

Hadley's best scores have been in the mid-90s coming down from the low 100s in his first and only season with MCHS golf, while Bingham has had a varied year, his best round coming at Montrose's Black Canyon, as he recorded a 73, two over at the 71-par course, with a team score of 268, while the next day saw a tougher game at The Bridges where he had an 88 and the team had a season-high 310.

However, Bingham shot 76 to place second in a Gunnison tourney that ended the regular season. Last year, he was 46th at state with a two-day total of 168, then held in Sterling.

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The closer venue will be helpful.

"It's really going to be nice not to have drive six hours to get there," coach Justin Folley said. "Last year, nerves kicked in, but I think he'll be sitting pretty if he plays it safe."

Bingham said he is feeling more confident than last season and has a good handle on what will be the best way to approach each hole.

"I'm thinking I may just leave my driver at home," he joked, saying he plans to stick to a tactic of getting on the green effectively instead of attempting to crush it from the tee. "I've tried getting on in two on a Par 5, and then I mess up."

Coaches and players are allowed a Sunday afternoon practice round on the course, and Folley will be getting a feel for the grounds, which he said has a lot in common with the layout of Yampa Valley Golf Course.

"From what I've heard, they have some trees in tough spots, kind of resembling our course," he said. "The big thing being in Eagle is you get a lot of those metro guys who play on the flat stuff, and this ain't gonna be flat. Hills, trees and water and everything else."

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