Moffat County golfer Torin Reed swings his way to state
With a trip to the regional golf tournament each year of his time as a Bulldog, Moffat County High School’s Torin Reed was more motivated than ever to get to the next level of the sport for his senior year. And, even a lengthy road trip didn’t slow him down.
Reed qualified for the 3A State Championships Monday with a successful round at the Region 4 Tournament at Gunnison’s Dos Rios Golf Club. Carding an 82 for the day, he placed 12th overall, fifth when excluding the top two teams — Aspen and Basalt — which each qualified as a group for state.
Though his score was several strokes over his best, starting with a couple frustrating bogies, Reed experienced a good run through Dos Rios’ front nine, shooting par on seven straight holes, part of 10 total in which he broke even on the par 71 course.
“I was just trying to keep the ball in play, hit the fairways and hit the greens in regulation to make it easy,” he said.
He noted two Par 5 holes that each had ponds tricky to clear, though possible water hazard penalties was a risk that led to reward.
“I just went for it on those, and it really paid off,” he said.
Reed has competed at the regional round all four years at MCHS and notched the lowest scores for the Bulldogs at regionals the past two years. He was only one stroke from alternate status for state in 2017.
Altogether, Moffat County golf placed eighth among 14 full teams. Connor Etzler and Dave Andujo each shot a 95 for the day to tie at 32nd, with Tyler Burkett taking 104 to rank 44th.
Despite a birdie on Dos Rios’ third hole, Andujo was held back by an 8 and a 9 on two Par 4’s, while Etzler shot several 8’s and Burkett a pair of 9’s to add to the struggle on the Gunnison course.
“There’s just so many places to get in trouble there,” MCHS coach Rod Compton. “There’s a lot of lateral hazards, a lot of out-of-bounds stuff, almost every hole is a dog-leg. There’s a lot of trees, a lot of creeks and water. Just a difficult course.”
The 3A state tournament is a two-day event, taking place Oct. 1 and 2 at Boulder Country Club.
“I’ve only looked at that place once online, so I haven’t had much of a chance to study it, don’t know much about it,” Compton said. “For sure, we’ll work on some fine-tuning.”
Reed said he will spend as much time as possible through the end of the month preparing for the tourney, the first time Moffat County has been to the finals since Mike Bingham in 2015.
“I’ll be trying to be more consistent on my irons. Today they were kind of slicing sometimes,” Reed said.
Reed has broken 80 in multiple tournaments this season, and though he’ll be seeing competitors who regularly shoot in the 60s, he’s striving to get as far up the leaderboard as he can.
“I definitely want to place in the top 30,” he said.
State tournament coverage will be available through a new mobile golf application available though Colorado High School Activities Association and Iwanamaker, which can be downloaded at Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Parents and other community members are encouraged to download the app, with 80 percent of the registration cost going toward the CHSAA golf team of their choice.