Off to a shotgun start
October 20, 2011
The boys golf team started out well but when it came to the regional championships, the boys didn’t fair so well. The biggest difference this year is the experienced players on the team. Coach Ken Harjes and Assistant Coach Casey Kilpatrick had four seniors that went to regionals last year. Coach Kilpatrick deals more with freshman golfers and head Coach Harjes deals with juniors and seniors. The boys golf team opened their doors to three new members this year, freshman Christopher Kling and Casey Nations, as well as sophomore Colton Yoast.
Ken Harjes’s first impression of the team was very positive. However, Harjes is planning on retiring this year. He said that he will really miss the students he has coached over the years. He said he has never cut a player in his career as a golf coach. Harjes will continue to play golf on his own time and hopes to see the students continue in golf.
As a result of Coach Harjes’s retirement, Christopher Kling is planning on playing golf for the high school all the way until he graduates his senior year. On his journey to graduation he is planning on giving the same tips that Coach Harjes gave him his freshman year. Harjes thought that the golf team would finish this year a little bit better.
An average meet would take about three to four hours to finish. Every player starts at a different hole and moves to the next hole. This technique is called a “shotgun start”. With a shotgun start, every player on the course starts at the same time. The best way to speed up the meet is to make the golfers walk faster.
The high school golf team doesn’t involve golf carts, the boys have to walk to the next hole. Golf isn’t like other sports, you rely more on yourself than your teammates. That is why golf is a really competitive sport to play. The more the players you have, the more chance you will have to score well. It may be slow to some people but it actually goes by really fast for the boys who are playing. Christopher Kling hopes to see new faces and new places over the years as well. The boys golf team has had 12 meets this year. Moffat County High School has yet to see there next team members and games playing next year.