Moffat County golf sets new personal bests at home meet, places 3rd |

Moffat County golf sets new personal bests at home meet, places 3rd

Team also ranks 3rd at Steamboat

Moffat County High School senior Phillip Chadwick, right, watches his drive from the 13th tee box during the MCHS home meet Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The Bulldogs placed third out of nine teams.

After taking some lumps on the road, athletes in any sport are glad to return to their own turf. Since the members of the Moffat County High School boys golf team have only one chance to play at home in their season, they wanted to make it count.

MCHS placed third out of nine teams during its Wednesday tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, notching its lowest numbers for the season, with a 258 for the day.

"I think that's the best we've done the last three seasons," coach Justin Folley said.

The team's tally, comprising the top three qualifying scores from seniors Mike Bingham (82), Chris Kling (87) and Phillip Chadwick (89), ties with MCHS's total last year at home, but the entirety of varsity scores were lower than last year, with Tyler Davis and Matt Hamilton rounding out the top flight with a 96 and a 109, respectively.

Steamboat Springs' 238 put the Sailors in first as a team, while Grand Valley's Tyler Dove led individually at 77 strokes.

Bingham was three over the 79 he recorded at the Moffat County Invitational last season. A respectable 39 on the front nine fell apart on the back.

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"He was having a lot of trouble with his irons," Folley said. "We're going to need to work on that in practice. He's out here almost every day, and a lot of these kids are willing to put in the time to get better."

Although Bingham didn't have his best game, Kling and Chadwick each reached goals of breaking 90 for the first time.

The next stop at golf greatness is 79 or lower, Kling said.

"I want to see how low I can go," he said.

Chadwick got off to a great start with an eagle on his first hole, though some club selections throughout the day made the game more of a struggle than it needed to be.

"It's all about mentality," he said.

The whole of MCHS golf was able to participate in the event, the first tournament for some. Folley observed his players and their opponents throughout the day all over the course with a golf cart, as did other coaches and some parents.

"They know this course pretty well," he said about his team and the teams that frequently have attended the tournament. "We actually had the coach from Palisade beg and plead with our AD (athletic director) to let them play, so I'm pretty honored by that."

The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of rough events, both in Montrose. The team did not post a full score at Cobble Creek on Aug. 28 because two players "X'd out," Folley said, owing to the high level of difficulty at the course.

On Tuesday, MCHS didn't do much better at Montrose's Black Canyon, despite a layout very much like that of YVGC.

"It's almost identical, really," Folley said.

The Black Canyon meet saw Bingham shoot 90, Kling a 101, Chadwick 104 and Davis 106.

Both tournaments were difficult, Davis said, though he had the greatest stroke improvement when the Bulldogs traveled to Steamboat Springs' Haymaker Golf Course on Thursday.

MCHS placed third again, this time with a 267, led by Bingham with an 81.

With both ups and downs, Davis said his first and only season playing golf has left him longing for his primary sport.

"I think I'm ready for basketball," he laughed.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

Moffat County High School Boys Golf Invitational


Tyler Dove, 77, Grand Valley — First

Brandon Martin, Steamboat Springs; Will Firestone, Steamboat Springs, 79 — Second (tie)

Andrew Firestone, 80, Steamboat Springs — Fourth

Wyatt Carter, Rifle; Marshal Way, Rangely, 81 — Fifth (tie)

Trevor Alberts, Palisade; Mike Bingham, Moffat County; Spencer Petersen, Steamboat Springs; Jacob Smith, Rifle, 82 — Seventh (tie)

Drew Williamson, Steamboat Springs, 85 — 11th

Tanner Caldarola, Eagle Valley, 86 — 12th

Noah Bass, Steamboat Springs; Chris Kling, Moffat County; Nathan Woll, Palisade, 87 — 13th (tie)



Steamboat — 238

Brandon Martin, 79; Will Firestone, 79; Andrew Firestone, 80; Spencer Petersen, 82; Noah Bass, 87

Rifle — 251

Wyatt Carter, 81; Jacob Smith, 82; Kohl Keithley, 88; Elliot Krebill, 100; Matt Piper, No card

Moffat County — 258

Mike Bingham, 82; Chris Kling, 87; Phillip Chadwick, 89; Tyler Davis, 96; Matt Hamilton, 109

Palisade — 259

Trevor Alberts, 82; Nathan Woll, 87; Braydon Weiszbrod, 90; Joe Lucas, 91; Kyle Krabbe, 93

Rangely — 278

Marshal Way, 81; Nick Burri, 92; Robert Dunker, 105; Jarrod Fiscus, 127; James Scoggins, 130

Battle Mountain — 278

Wyatt Dilling, 88; Jack Nichols, 89; Mykah Huang, 94; Hunter Fox, 101

Eagle Valley — 294

Tanner Caldarola, 86; Michael Sandoval, 100; Jay Bullock, 108

Aspen — 309

Nick Slossberg, 98; Carter Hall, 99; Henry Ferguson, 112; Liam Rigney, 119; Charlie Guilander, 127

Grand Valley — No score

Tyler Dove, 77; Kade Hurst, 131; Sean Doyle, No card

Junior Varsity

Steamboat Springs — 268

Drew Williamson, 85; Jack Coon, 88; Jacob Taulman, 94; Jack Starkey, 95; Jordan Gorr, 97; Nolan Salkey, No card

Palisade — 296

Ryan Cox, 91; Kyle Tucker, 100; Cole Gillian, 105; KJ Seriani, 110

Aspen — 308

Miles McConnell, 98; Will Devers, 104; Ty Yocum, 106; Spencer Shaw, 111; Jackson Serraro, 127

Moffat County — 324

Colton Hinkemeyer, 103; Silas Canto, 106; David Wildemuth, 115; Daniel Rockwell, 127

Rangely — 397

Caleb Noel, 123; Austin Ficken, 130; Landon Rowley, 144

MCHS results from Steamboat Springs

The boys golf team also played Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

Mike Bingham, 81

Phillip Chadwick, 93

Tyler Davis, 93

Chris Kling, 87

Matt Hamilton, 110

— The team placed third with a score of 267.