Moffat County golfer Mike Bingham qualifies for state |

Moffat County golfer Mike Bingham qualifies for state

Golfer shoots 79, finishes 4th in Western region

Moffat County High School golfer Mike Bingham qualified for the 3A State Championships at the end of September following a 79 game that earned him fourth place at the Western Regional Tournament Tuesday in Durango. MCHS placed eighth as a team overall.

Monday didn't bring a lot of promise as the foursome of Moffat County High School golfers embarked on a practice round for their biggest tournament so far this season. However, the following morning proved tomorrow really is another day.

Mike Bingham will represent MCHS at the 3A State Championships following a fourth place finish at the Western 3A Regional Tournament Tuesday at Durango's Hillcrest Golf Club.

Bingham shot a 79 to remain among the top slots in a field that ranged from 73 to 160. Moffat County's team total for the day was 278, earning eighth place overall, with Phillip Chadwick's 99, Tyler Davis's 100 and Chris Kling 106, the trio individually ranking 28, 29 and 33, respectively.

Coach Justin Folley said the team's performance Tuesday, when it counted, was enormously better than their shaky practice round Monday, in which Bingham went 91 on the par-71 course.

"He turned it around today," Folley said Tuesday following the tourney's conclusion. "They all did a lot better than Monday."

The front nine of Hillcrest hurt Bingham's total, as he shot four bogies and two doubles for a 43. Knowing it was now or never, the MCHS sophomore's play changed considerably for the back half, shooting par on each hole.

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"All in all, it worked out pretty well," Folley said.

Bingham, the first member of the Moffat County boys team to make it past regionals since 2010, will be among the players from the Western Slope attending the state tournament, which will be hosted by Sterling's Northeastern 18 on Sept. 29 and 30.

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Boys Golf Western 3A Regional Tournament results

Moffat County High School results

Player — Score, Regional Ranking

Mike Bingham — 79, 4

Phillip Chadwick — 99, 28

Tyler Davis — 100, 29

Chris Kling — 106, 33

Team — 278, 8

— Bingham was among the players who qualified for the 3A State Championships Sept. 29 and 30 in Sterling.