MCH Golfers finish road trip
Craig — The Moffat County High School boys golf team continued its stretch of finishing in the middle of the pack Monday at the Bookcliff Invitational in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Bulldogs finished in seventh place with a team score of 250. Unitah came in first with a 228 and Grand Junction finished in second with a 233.
Montrose was one stroke behind in third place with a 234. Fifteen teams competed at the tournament.
“We didn’t play that bad at Bookcliff,” said coach Ken Harjes. “We didn’t have the two seniors in Richard Padon and Dane Lyon there because we took them to Vernal. We were really not that far off. We were really pleased with the way did.”
According to Harjes, the Bulldogs had a balanced tournament.
“We were hoping that we could sneak under the 250 mark, but we played a little bit more consistent this tournament and that’s what we want,” he said. “They still had one or two holes that they would like to have back that costs them some strokes.”
Individually, junior Jerrod Aragon placed for the Bulldogs by shooting a 81 which put him tied for 14th place.
Junior C.J. Rugh had an 83 and freshman Evan Pressley finished with an 86.
“Individually, I think that I am doing well,” said Aragon. “Before the season started, I made a goal to score in the low 80s all year long and, subtract one tournament, that is what I am doing.
“I played pretty good at first at Bookcliff and I kind of held it together toward the end,” added Aragon. “I got in on time and I was fine. Overall, I hit the woods and irons pretty good. My putting was good at times and bad at times. I need to be more consistent with my putting.”
The Bulldogs saw a majority of the teams in their league at the tournament.
“Unitah had a good team score, but we don’t have to worry about them because they are not in our league,” said Harjes. “Grand Junction played well. If we would have gotten around 240, where we want to be, we are talking about fifth or sixth place. Rifle wasn’t there and they are one of the better teams in the league. Other than that most everybody was there.”
Harjes said MCHS will take its junior varsity golfers to Meeker on Friday.
“It will let them go and play some place other than here,” he said.
The Bulldogs varsity team will next be in action Monday and Tuesday at the Durango Invitational.
“I like the break that we have,” said Aragon. “I like having some time to work on my game because my swing is a little rough right now. Not having a tournament will make it easy to work on my game and get it ready in time for Durango.”
As the United States honors the many individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day, multiple ceremonies in Moffat County will pay tribute as part of the holiday.