MCHS golfers take first place |

MCHS golfers take first place

Bruce Tippets

All season long, the Moffat County High School golf team has been finishing in the middle of the pack, but on Tuesday at the Aspen Invitational the Bulldogs finished ahead of the pack to take home the first place trophy among 13 teams.

MCHS finished the day with a team score of 237. Montrose finished two strokes behind to take second place and Aspen and Grand Junction tied for third place with a 240.

“I have been saying all year long if we can get under 240 we would be competitive,” said coach Ken Harjes. “Durango, Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction Central weren’t there, but we still had good scores.”

Junior Jerrod Aragon paced the team with a score of 75 to finish in second place.

“He was one stroke out of first place,” said Harjes. “He finished four over par and that’s a great round. Jerrod was four over par on the back and even on the front.”

Senior Richard Padon finished in seventh place with a 79.

“Richard was five over on the front and then went two over on the back,” said Harjes. “He was pleased with the way he played.”

Other low scores by the Bulldogs were by freshman Evan Pressley and junior C.J. Rugh both finished with an 83.

“Nobody was jumping up and down after we won, but the kids were happy,” said Harjes. “Everybody was pulling for each other. You could tell on the bus ride home that they were pleased with what they did.”

Harjes believes the team is peaking at the right time of the year as the regional tournament is set for Sept. 23 in Rifle.

“I think that we are playing pretty well right now,” he said. “We seem to be really improving as the season goes on.

“I feel that Richard and Jerrod are playing well right now. They are some of the top golfers in the league. C.J is getting stronger and he is getting better scores.”

Friday, Harjes is going to let his varsity players test out the Rifle course one more time before regionals.

“I am going to take the top four golfers down to Rifle to see the course that we will play on for regionals,” he said. “The more you see the course the better you can play it. We will scrimmage against the Rifle varsity team. After Friday, we have one more week and then we will be done with the regular season.”