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Chris Jones, a junior at Moffat County High School, hits from the driving range at Yampa Valley Golf Course during practice this summer. Jones is an upperclassman on a young golf team this season, one which coach Casey Kilpatrick says he is excited to work with.

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Rebuilding their swing

Replacing a large group of seniors is a tall task for a high school team in any sport, but the Moffat County High School boys golf team is replacing its coach as well. Ken Harjes called it quits last year after 31 years at the helm of the Bulldogs varsity golf team. Replacing him this year is his former assistant Casey Kilpatrick, also a teacher at MCHS. Kilpatrick mostly worked with the underclassmen and inexperienced golfers on the team in the past, but will take over and deal with everyone in 2012. In addition to replacing Harjes, the Bulldogs lost four seniors from last year’s team, including Parker King, who accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Northern Colorado golf team last year. “We lost a very talented senior group last year,” Kilpatrick said. “We had some really great golfers. Right now we have a very young team.”

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