MCHS golfer tied for 59th at state tourney
Starting his day at the state golf tournament teeing off from the 10th hole of Flying Horse Country Club, Parker King felt optimistic about the day ahead.
But, by the time he sunk his putt on the next hole, things were already beginning to get rough.
King, a junior at Moffat County High School, finished his first day at the 4A state golf tournament with a score of 82, leaving him in a five-way tie for 59th place out of 84 total golfers.
King, the first MCHS golfer to compete at state since 2002, started on the back nine of the Colorado Springs golf course, shooting a 42. His difficulty started with the 11th hole, where he finished with a 7, a triple bogey on the par 4 hole. The remainder of the back nine went better, as he sunk four pars and three bogies.
Moving onto the other half of the course, King said he felt a difference in his technique.
“I felt looser,” he said. “Everyone did better on the front nine.”
At six over par, King’s score looked to be improving as he shot two birdies, but three more bogies and another triple left him with a 40 for the front nine.
MCHS golf coach Ken Harjes said King’s strength on the course was that he continued to play smart, even while struggling.
“He’s just got to keep doing what got him here, not taking any wild chances,” Harjes said.
Harjes said neither he nor King were intimidated by the competition at state, which includes frontrunner John Ahern of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, who finished the day with a 64.
“There were some good rounds of golf out here, I don’t care who you are,” Harjes said.
Harjes said for a better round today, King needs just to improve hole by hole.
“If he just turns those triples into bogies, he’ll have a 78,” he said.
King said his strong point has been the use of his irons. He plans to concentrate on the breakdown of his swing for today’s competition.
“I just need to work on not dropping my right shoulder and keeping it straight,” he said.
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