Moffat County golfers learn lots after 2 rounds at state tourney |

Moffat County golfers learn lots after 2 rounds at state tourney

State-bound Moffat County High School golfers Dave Andujo, left, and Tanner Etzler take a break from the driving range at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Andy Bockelman

The second round of the 3A State Championships were as much an uphill battle for Moffat County High School golfers as the first day had been, though even with the hardships, their coach believes it will only serve to improve their game.

MCHS golfers Dave Andujo and Tanner Etzler finished 76th and 84th, respectively, with two-day totals of 197 and 215 at the United States Air Force Academy’s Eisenhower Golf Course.

After Andujo notched a 96 Monday and Etzler 108, the duo were resolved to have a better finale after the rough opening round.

However, the struggles of the initial round were still weighing on them, while the second day had its own challenges.

“I thought the greens were even faster today,” coach Tim Adams said Tuesday. “It was really windy, so that probably dried them out some.”

While Etzler brought his tally down to 107 compared to the first day, Andujo had a harder time, finishing with a 101.

Both started from Eisenhower’s back nine both days.

“He had a quad bogie on the first hole (10), which is a Par 4, and then on 11, which is a Par 5, he got a 10,” Adams said of Andujo’s second round. “He had to take two drops because of an unplayable lie. Just not a great start.”

After a birdie on his final hole Monday complementing three pars, Andujo broke even on four holes Tuesday.

Though Etzler shot multiple 9’s on Monday and only had one par for the day, his highest score Tuesday was 8, while he claimed a par on two holes.

“Tanner was pretty consistent. He had a couple holes that kind of got away from him,” Adams said.

Adams said the high level of competition can only be good for the young athletes.

“Obviously we’re really proud of them for making state. They learned a lot that they can take and work on for next year, learn from it,” he said. “Overall, it was a really good experience that will motivate them for next year. Now they know what to expect and how to be more mentally prepared.

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