Moffat County golfers shoot amid wild weather at Summit to set slots for regionals
The roster is set as Moffat County High School boys golf prepares for the final stages of the season.
The MCHS junior varsity team hit the links Thursday for the Summit Invitational at Dillon’s Keystone Ranch Golf Course, the Bulldogs’ last tournament of the regular schedule.
Tyler Burkett hit 108 for the day, with Brady Figone 111, Tanner Etzler 112 and Josh Townsend 115 amid difficult conditions.
Coach Rod Compton said the event was delayed due to frost on the course, while heavy winds hit everyone hard in a site that was already challenging.
“There were a lot of long corners and lateral hazards,” Compton said of the layout, adding that the JV Bulldogs hit strong shots that were affected by the conditions.
Compton said he selected Burkett as the fourth golfer to attend the 3A Region 4 Tournament in Gunnison alongside varsity players Torin Reed, Connor Etzler and Dave Andujo.
“I’m thinking he should be able to shoot in the low 90s, maybe even high 80s if he has a good day,” Compton said of Burkett.
Compton expects the tourney — which tees off Sunday with a practice round followed by the real thing Monday at Dos Rios Golf Club — will yield multiple state qualifiers, ideally all four making the cut providing the team total is where it should be.
Compton said Dos Rios’ similarity to Yampa Valley Golf Course should be advantageous.
“I think we have a pretty good shot,” he said.