MCHS Golfers end first week of season
Craig — The Moffat County High School golf team finished its first week of play Saturday in Vernal, Utah.
On Friday, MCHS took part in the Rifle Invitational (the site of the regional tournament this year), and the Bulldogs finished in 12th place in team standings with a score of 252.
“We found out this weekend that the league was really strong,” said coach Ken Harjes. “In fact, if the regional tournament would have been Friday down in Rifle it would have taken a score of 75 to go to state.”
Grand Junction Central took the top spot with a team score of 228 and Durango came in second with a 229.
Individually, junior Jerrod Aragon led the way for MCHS by shooting an 82.
Other varsity low scores were by senior Richard Padon who fired an 83 and senior Dane Lyon had an 87.
“In all three cases they played the front nine really well in Rifle,” said Harjes. “They all had some trouble on the back nine. They are all capable of bringing their scores down.
“In Rifle on the back nine if you miss a shot it can cost you two or three strokes in a hurry,” said Harjes. “This was a good experience and if we can get back down to 240 as a team we can get back into the hunt.”
Grand Junction High School golfer Reed Alexander earned the top spot after shooting a 69. Chase Wortman of Fruita Monument and Devon Childs of Bassalt tied for second with a 72.
Saturday at the Vernal Invitational, the Bulldogs came in seventh with a 259.
“Saturday, I didn’t take the whole varsity to Vernal,” Harjes said. “Richard and Dane went as regular varsity players. The other varsity player was Nate Vaccari.”
According to Harjes, MCHS saw some tough out-of-state competition in Vernal.
“Team-wise I didn’t expect us to shoot lights out and we didn’t. There were only seven teams that showed up and we were seventh,” said Harjes. “There were a couple of teams from Utah that were really good.”
Carbon High School from Price, Utah., won the team title with a 225.
Uintah came in second with a 229 and Durango finished in third place with a 234.
Padon paced MCHS with a 77. Other Bulldogs scores were by Lyon who finished with an 86 and Vaccari had a 96.
“Richard scored good enough for seventh place and he was pleased with his score,” said Harjes. “After the first week of play our top two golfers in Richard and Jerrod are showing that they can play with anybody in the league.”
After two days of competition at the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association State Finals, riders and ropers from Moffat and Routt counties are making their way into the home stretch.