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Moffat County’s Mike Bingham ranked 55th at state golf tourney

Bulldog shoots 91, 96 in two-day event

Moffat County High School junior Mike Bingham, pictured in 2014, shot a 187 at the 3A State Championships Monday and Tuesday in Eagle, placing 55th. This was the second consecutive year he shot at state.

By the end of Tuesday afternoon, Mike Bingham couldn't help looking back a few months, a time when he normally would have been out at Yampa Valley Golf Course perfecting the game he loves. With his attention on a summer job during the warm months, the only practice time he got was about two hours the whole season, which he certainly saw hurt him during his big moment.

Bingham represented Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School Monday and Tuesday at the 3A State Championships, Monday and Tuesday at the 3A State Championships, shooting a 187 overall to place 55th out of 84 competitorsshooting a 187 overall to place 55th out of 84 competitors..

Moffat County High School Monday and Tuesday at the 3A State Championships, shooting a 187 overall to place 55th out of 84 competitors.

The Bulldog golfer notched a 91 the first day at Eagle Ranch Golf Course with a scorecard that included four pars but also triple bogies on both Hole 9 and 16. Determined to come out stronger Tuesday starting on the back nine, Bingham was able to start out even and also cut down strokes on the two holes that had given him the most trouble, but the second half of the game saw mistakes compound as he shot a 51 on the front, including a triple on Hole 4, to end the day with a 96.

"The first day I wasn't driving very well, but my second shot and putting was good, then today I was driving all right, but I only hit two fairways," Bingham said Tuesday afternoon. "It was rough."

Coach Justin Folley noted the level of competition at the tournament, with 3A champion Sam Taylor, of Peak to Peak, taking a 141, shooting three-under on the second day.

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"It's a tough course," he said., adding he'd like to add the venue to his schedule next season if possible.

A second-year state attendeesecond-year state attendee, Bingham had an average of 81.8 for the season before going to the final meet, and he believes it could have and should have been lower., Bingham had an average of 81.8 for the season before going to the final meet, and he believes it could have and should have been lower.

second-year state attendee, Bingham had an average of 81.8 for the season before going to the final meet, and he believes it could have and should have been lower.

"I need to practice a lot more next year," he said, mentioning only quick round of practice by himself over the summer. "Nine holes is not enough, that's for sure."

Folley said Bingham can easily return to state for his senior year next fall.

"Golf's a game you just gotta play consistently, shot by shot, and you can hit the golf course during the season as much as you want, but being out there in the summer is something that will improve your game," he said.

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