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MCHS golf finishes 13th Monday, 5th Wednesday

Ben Bulkeley

If the Moffat County High School boys golf team showed any rust during its first match of the year, it quickly wore off during the second.

On Monday at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction, senior Taylor Branstetter, of Hayden, shot a 78 while the rest of the team shot between 90 and 92, coach Ken Harjes said.

“I was watching him play, and I was really pleased,” he said. “He was hitting the ball solidly and with authority, just making good contact when I saw him.”

Overall, the results could have been better, Harjes said.

“We struggled a bit,” he said. “We didn’t expect to be 13th out of 19.”

Harjes said the reason for the weak performance could have been nerves.

“This was the first tournament, and they are just getting used to playing,” Harjes said. “In golf, you still have good days, and you’ll have bad days. You win one tournament one day, the next day you get destroyed.”

It was Moffat County doing the destroying Wednesday at Bridges Golf and Country Club in Montrose, as the team placed fifth among 15 teams.

“That’s before you count Durango as a 5A school,” Harjes said. “For 4A schools, we were fourth, behind Cortez who shot a 226; Montrose shot in the 230s, and Delta was at 240.”

Moffat County leaned on Branstetter, sophomore Parker King and junior Mark Dockstader to shoot its way to a 243.

“They came out with more confidence,” Harjes said. “It was a tough course – it’s at a resort so there are more water hazards, and it was either the first or second time they had played there. And they played well.”

Dockstader finished with a 77, Branstetter had an 82, and King shot 84.

Harjes said his players’ short game improved from Monday to Wednesday, which helped lower scores.

The only time their putting seemed to be off was when he was watching, he joked.

“With some players, it helps if you walk around with them and give them advice,” Harjes said. “When I watched Mark, I think he three-putted, so I stopped after that.”

Harjes said senior Greg Blackstun and Colby Haddan also had good days at Bridges.

At 8:30 a.m. today, the team will play at Black Canyon in Montrose.


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