MCHS golfers aim for regionals
The Moffat County High School golf team is set for the regional competition Thursday in Rifle.
The four Bulldogs competing this year are seniors Richard Padon and Dane Lyon, and juniors on the team are Jerrod Aragon and C.J. Rugh.
“Evan Pressley’s, who is a freshmen, stroke average was close to being one of the regional qualifiers,” said coach Ken Harjes. “I decided to go with Dane because he plays the Rifle course well and he is also a senior. I hope that I am doing the right thing.”
In order for the Bulldogs to make it to the state tournament, MCHS will have to finish in the top three in the team standings or in the top six individually.
“We are going to have to play our best rounds on Thursday,” said Harjes. “The league is really strong this year. We really seem to be improving at the end of the year and peaking at the right time. If we get under 240 for a team score we will be right up there.”
Padon has played regionals the last two years and he is ready for his final go-around.
“We have a pretty good team this year,” said Padon. “I am really excited to see what happens on Thursday. The pressure is amazing at regionals since it is a one day tournament.”
According to Padon, he has been in the hunt for the last two years for a state tournament spot.
“My sophomore year I missed going to state by one spot,” he said. “My junior year I lost in the playoffs. I hope to redeem myself by doing well this year.”
“I am very pleased with the way I have played this year,” said Aragon. “It’s gone better this year than I thought it would. Overall, I am happy.
“I went last year to regionals and didn’t play well. Hopefully, this year I can go to state, but if I don’t go it’s not the end of the world. I will still have one more chance next year.”
Aragon knows the Bulldogs are loaded in a league where there is a lot of tough teams.
“There are a lot of strong teams in our league like Durango and Grand Junction,” he said. “We are going to have to play extremely well as a team to go to state.
“I think that we have a better chance going individually than as a team.”
Lyon who has struggled this year wants to have his best score on Thursday.
“I hope to post a low score at regionals and that is the place to do it,” said Lyon. “With the regional tournament being one day you can’t really mess up. Your attitude going into the round is just go for it. You can’t play to conservative, because then you won’t post a low enough score.”
The Bulldogs have been on the Rifle course twice this year and Lyon said that will help out on Thursday.
“It helps that we have played the Rifle course a few times,” said Lyon. “We know what kind of clubs to use at certain holes. The front nine on the Rilfe course is pretty wide open, but on the back nine you need to know what to do.”