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Golfers struggle on rolling course

David Pressgrove

At least the Moffat County High School golf team had some beautiful views while they played Wednesday as the Haymaker Golf Course west of Steamboat Springs. Not much else was enjoyable for the team as they shot the season’s highest team score on the challenging course.

“It was a really tough course for any player who hadn’t seen it before,” said coach Ken Harjes. “There were so many undulations they thought they would hit a nice shot and they’d walk over the hill and there would be a pond or a rough.”

The team was led by sophomore Jared Lowther who shot an 86. Two shots higher than Lowther were seniors Even Pressley and Cody DeGuelle with 88s. The team score of 262 was not an impressive result for the team.

“We aren’t used to the resort-like courses like Haymaker,” said Harjes. “The greens are huge and the roughs are sometimes impossible to hit out of, it made for a long day.”

Another factor working against the MCHS team was that it took the golfers six hours to play 18 holes, normally a feat that can be done in three hours.

“This course wasn’t made to walk,” said Harjes. “I bet about 10 people in a year walk the course other than these high schoolers.”

Harjes said he thought that the course was more suited to Lowther’s game since he doesn’t hit the ball as long as the two seniors which enabled him to keep the ball on the rolling fairways.

The final results were not available when Harjes left the course, but he said that relative to the other teams he didn’t think the Bulldogs fared too poorly because the course played difficult for everyone.

The team teed off today at the Catamount Golf Course in Steamboat Springs in what will serve as a preview to the regional tournament in a week and a half with many of the same teams there at the regional course.


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