Fall sports preview: Boys golf
For the Craig Press
Before any of the rest of the fall sports teams even compete, Moffat County High School boys golf will already be midway through its schedule, getting two more tournaments done this week.
Bulldog boys competed Monday at Grand Junction’s Tiara Rado for the Warrior Invitational and Tuesday at the Basalt Longhorn Invite held at Carbondale’s River Valley Ranch.
Aside from regular practices and qualifying rounds to determine who will represent the squad at various tourneys, the Dogs will have to wait until relatively late to tee off at Yampa Valley Golf Course, with their home event scheduled for mid-September.
In his third year coaching, Tim Adams currently has nine total players on the roster: senior Dave Andujo; juniors Easton Eckroth, Easton Briggs, Tucker Sterle and Lance Brackett; sophomore Aron Jennings; and freshmen Wyatt Tucker, Andrew Duran, and Jayden Evenson.
While Adams already has a good idea of who will shoot for most tourneys, he still expects younger players to show what they can do in qualifying rounds.
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“There’s still a lot of competition for those spots, it’s not just a given,” he said.
The golf team saw a boost in 2020 numbers when uncertainty about football season led several pigskin players to the links, though the Bulldog gridiron program eventually did wind up playing in the fall rather than spring.
And, while Adams certainly wouldn’t mind more players, he understands how tricky it is to commit to two activities at once.
“Sometimes when a kid tries to do both sports, they’re not good at either one, so I totally get it,” he said.
Last fall also saw Andujo represent MoCo golf for the second consecutive year, shooting dual 80’s and ranking 31st of 84 total players.
As a sophomore, Andujo ranked 76th at state with a two-day score of 197.
In his fourth and final year of high school golf, he anticipates state is definitely a possibility provided he stays with his mantra: Consistency.
“I’m trying to stay consistent with my swings since I’ve been out so much,” Andujo said, noting that he wasn’t able to practice much this summer.
While Jennings had the lowest score during the team’s first event last week at Montrose, Andujo set the pace Monday with a score of 81 at Tiara Rado, ranking 11th of 61. Jennings was close behind, tying for 16th at a total of 84. Brackett shot 111, while Briggs’ first event with MoCo golf saw him at 139.
As a group, the Dogs were seventh of 12 teams at 276.
At River Valley Ranch, the scoring order was again shaken up as Jennings put together an 82 for the day, tying for 24th of 70. Andujo earned a 39 on the back nine, but a rough time on the front gave him an 86, tied for 32nd. Brackett stayed exactly the same with an additional 111 and Briggs brought his score down to 135, with the team finishing 11th of 13.
As the schedule continues, MCHS boys will compete Aug. 24 at Gypsum Creek, rounding out the month with a tourney Aug. 31 at Rifle Creek, the latter rescheduled from a Summit event that MoCo had planned to attend.
Adams said that boys golf was one of the more “fortunate” sports during 2020, with minimal cancelations and fewer COVID restrictions.
“I’m anxious to get back to normal, especially in terms of schedule,” he said. “I’m excited to work with these guys. They’re a really good group of kids.”
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