Bingham leads Bulldogs at regionals |

Bingham leads Bulldogs at regionals

Joel Reichenberger
Moffat County's Shandon Hadley was good enough Tuesday at the Class 3A golf regional in Steamboat Springs to earn an alternate spot at the state championships.
Joel Reichenberger

— It wasn’t the prettiest of rounds, Moffat County High School golf coach Justin Folley said, but on Tuesday, the Bulldogs were good enough to send two of their athletes to the state golf tournament.

Moffat County was led by junior Mike Bingham, who shot an 85 to finish 10th overall and qualify for the Oct. 5 to 6 state golf championships in Eagle at Eagle Ranch Golf Course.

Shandon Hadley, meanwhile, shot a 95, which proved just good enough to earn a trip to the tournament, as well. Whether or not he’ll be able to golf remains up in the air, as he is slotted in as the second alternate.

Elsewhere for the Bulldogs, Eddie Smercina shot a 104 and Torin Reed a 110.

For Bingham, the round turned around midway through the course.

“He changed his strategy from hitting the driver to hitting the 3 wood to get more control, and that saved his game, big time,” Folley said. “It was a tough course, and it played really tough.”

Bingham will be making his second trip to state.

“Last year taught him a lot at the state tournament,” Folley said. “This year, I think his mentality will be a little different. He has something to prove after last year. It could be a good round for him.”

Only posting an eight on the eighth hole kept Hadley down on the day.

Folley said the team had plenty of opportunities to learn lessons on the day.

“Some of the kids struggled with the greens, but that’s the thing,” he said. “They need to start reading the greens better, and their course management needs to improve.”

Aspen’s Dominic Lanese IV was the individual champ with a score of 76, leading the way for his team to win with a 244. Montrose was second at 253.

On the 4A side, Durango was the overall winner, edging Steamboat Springs by a shot in a one-hole playoff. The Sailors’ Britt Walton was the individual champion with a 71, the best round of the day.

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