MCHS Golf Team starts practice |

MCHS Golf Team starts practice

Bruce Tippets

— With five seniors on the team, the Moffat County High School varsity boys golf team heads into the 1999 season with experience and confidence.

MCHS held its first practice Monday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, and coach Ken Harjes was pleased with the turnout.

“We have 18 golfers that came out for the team which is a pretty good number,” said Harjes. “I have five seniors, five freshmen, four juniors and four sophomores. We have a pretty balanced team this year.”

Harjes believes his team will be in the thick of things this year.

“We are coming back with some experience,” he said. “I didn’t have anybody graduate last year. We are hoping to be pretty competitive this year.”

According to Harjes, MCHS will benefit with having five seniors on the team.

“You really need leadership and that is true with any sport,” said Harjes. “Those five seniors will help the younger ones and it should help us having those five seniors on the team.”

Harjes said not all of his seniors spent much time on the links during the summer break.

“A couple of seniors played a lot and a couple of them didn’t during the summer,” said Harjes. “I don’t know if the five seniors will be the starting five. I expect a couple of juniors to be in the top five. You just never know.”

MCHS will use the first two days of practice as qualifying days.

“We will get 36 holes the first two days,” said Harjes. “With them playing 36 holes I will get a better feel for who is really the best. For the varsity tournaments we take five golfers and we score three. Some of the tournaments I will be able to take a couple of extras. We will take a couple of extras to Rifle and Meeker because they are close.”

Senior Dane Lyon believes there are seven or eight golfers are really close in ability.

“I am kind of anxious to see how qualifying turns out,” said Lyon. “There are about eight of us that are working for the four and five spots. Today (Monday) my front nine went OK. I missed a lot of putts that I have should have made.”

The Bulldogs will start their season Thursday when they host the MCHS Invitational.

Start times are set for 9 a.m. at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

“In our home tournament all 18 golfers will be on the course,” said Harjes. “The whole Western Slope will be here. There will be 20 teams total.

“It’s going to be a big tournament and we will have some of the best golfers in the Western Slope here.”

Lyon likes the idea the Bulldogs are starting at home.

“Our team will do pretty good this year,” said Lyon. “If we play, we might have a chance at state. The tournament here on Thursday will give us a second chance if we didn’t do well in qualifying. It’s nice to be at home for the first tournament of the year.”

Friday the Bulldogs will be in Rifle and Saturday they travel to Vernal, Utah.

“Out of the 24 teams in the Western Slope I would hope that we finish in the top five or six on a regular basis,” said Harjes. “We are definitely in the top half of our league with our experience.”


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