MCHS golfers finish two busy days
Craig — The Moffat County High School golf team competed in two golf tournaments Thursday and Friday.
The stretch began in Battlement Mesa where the Bulldogs finished in seventh place out of 15 teams with a team score of 256.
“Right now we are in the middle of the pack,” said coach Ken Harjes. “We are not too far from moving up. When you look at the team scores, we are not a long way out of it. If we can get down to a team score of 240 we would be fourth in the tournament.”
Fruita Monument took the top spot with a team score of 234. Rifle and Uintah tied for second with a 237.
Individually, junior Jerrod Aragon led the way for MCHS by shooting an 82 and coming in 12th place overall.
Other varsity low scores were by junior C.J. Rugh who fired an 86 and senior Richard Padon who shot an 88.
“It’s a tough course, but they could have played a little bit better,” said Harjes. “It was the same old story. All three of them had one good nine and one bad nine.
“It was a hot day (Thursday) and there was a little bit of wind,” he added. “That course does play long and the back nine has some blind shots. The greens are real big. Talking with the kids it sounded like we were not putting really well overall as a group.”
Tim Hawkins of Uintah earned the top spot overall after shooting an 72. Devin Childs of Bassalt came in second with an 74.
Friday at the Cedaredge Invitational, MCHS came in eighth place out of 16 teams with a score of 258.
“Friday, we finished right in the middle again,” said Harjes. “As a team we didn’t play as well as we did Thursday. The back nine at Cedaredge is real tight and narrow. It’s a tough course.”
Grand Junction Central won the team title with a 233. Cortez came in second at 247 and Gunnison came in third with an 249.
Padon paced the Bulldogs by shooting a 78 and coming in fourth place overall.
“Richard played really well. He finally came around,” said Harjes. “He was pleased with how he did. He had a 37 on the back nine and a 41 on the front. A score of 37 on the back nine is a really good score.”
Senior Dane Lyon and freshman Evan Pressley both had a 90 to round out the top scores for the Bulldogs.
“Dane had a pretty balanced day,” said Harjes. “Evan had a 39 on the front and a 51 on the back nine. A 39 on the front is also a good score.”
According to Harjes, MCHS is in a tough league this year.
“The league is still really good,” said Harjes. “If the last two tournaments that we played in were any indication for the state meet, we are going to have to have a team score of 240 at the regional meet to qualify for state as a team.”
MCHS plays today in the Bookcliff Invitational in Grand Junction, Colo.
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