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Golf ends season on sour note

Team fails to qualify for state tournament

John Vandelinder

— Moffat County golfer Nick Moyer’s voice was solemn as he spoke.

You could hear the discontent echoing through the bus as the Bulldog golf team traveled the long road home.

The season is over.

The Moffat County golf team didn’t qualify for the state championship tournament, after posting a team total of 280 at the state regional held Thursday in Delta.

“Nobody shot good,” Moyer said. “We just didn’t hit the ball well at all.”

Senior Sean Smith led the Bulldogs, posting a 90, Jake Steele shot a 94, Moyer a 96 and Taylor Branstetter a 111.

Coach Harjes said this is a big event for his team and nerves played a large role in his team’s outcome.

“I’m a little disappointed in the way we ended the season,” he said, “But you should have seen these kids shaking.

“You could totally see their nerves kicking in on the first tee-box.”

Harjes said he was most disappointed for Smith.

“Sean is a senior,” he said. “He’s worked really hard to get the opportunity to go to state. He hit some good shots, but it just didn’t work out for him.

The cut-line to qualify for the next round was a 78.

“I shot 14 strokes worse than my average.” Moyer said. “I’m just going to work hard and get ready for my chance next year.”

Basalt won with a score of 227. Steamboat captured second, shooting a 230, and Cortez placed third, posting a 231.

Harjes wanted to thank Chuck Cobb and his staff for all the help they have given to the golf team this year.

“Chuck, Brent and John have been outstanding for us,” he said. “Without their help, I don’t know if we would have had as much fun as we have had this season.

Although golf is finished for Moffat County High School as a team, Harjes wants to see improvement before 3 year begins.

“The challenge is now out there for these kids to get better for next season,” Harjes said. “I hate to see the season end. I really enjoyed being around these guys. They are a great group of kids.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or

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