Moffat County High School boys golf aims for solid season |

Moffat County High School boys golf aims for solid season

Head down, knees bent, back straight, hands correctly positioned. It takes a lot of concentration just for the stance of a golf swing, not to mention the stroke itself, but the members of Moffat County High School's boys golf team are up for the challenge of mastering the motion.

The golf season marks the beginning of fall sports at MCHS, and just like a set of clubs that have been mixed and matched with various additions throughout the years, the team roster has both old and new players.

Justin Folley takes on the duties of the head coach after two years as assistant to former coach Casey Kilpatrick, overseeing a group that currently includes 10 players, six of whom are incoming seniors, though half of these upperclassmen are in their first year on the team.

However, the older newbies are by no means inexperienced, he said.

"They've been out at the course a lot this summer with their dads or grandpas," he said.

The benefit of high school golf is that it comes after months of potential practice sessions for those who have been taking the game seriously.

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The sport is one of five Matt Hamilton plans to take on this year, including football in the fall, basketball come winter and baseball and track in the spring.

"My coaches said to go for it as long as I can make it work," he said.

Senior Chris Kling is returning for his final year on the team. After averaging scores in the 90s, his goal is to bring his tallies down a considerable amount.

"I've been hitting the ball a lot better than the last couple years," he said during an early morning practice at Yampa Valley Golf Course. "I want to be able to shoot in the 80s this year."

Junior Silas Canto said he hopes to harness better control of his shots during his third season with the team.

"I just want to keep it even with all my clubs, so I'm not hitting all over the place," he said.

With some past tournament experience under his belt, Canto said focusing on the score is one the worst things a player can do.

"You can play a lot better if you're not so nervous about it," he said.

Folley has had minimal time to gauge which of his squadron will be representing the school throughout the schedule, and with the first event of the season coming up this Monday at Grand Junction's Bookcliff Country Club, it will be an ongoing search for varsity leaders. He pointed to sophomore Mike Bingham as a likely candidate for the bigger tourneys.

"If he takes a couple strokes off his game, he should be able to make it to regionals or even state pretty easily if he plays the game he knows how to play," Folley said.

Folley credited YVGC pro Bob Mueller and the rest of the course staff for assisting the team as they transition.

"Bob's been working a lot with the kids, and without all of them, our season … well, we wouldn't have a season," he said.

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

Moffat County High School boys golf schedule

Time, Date — Hosting Team, Course

11 a.m., Aug. 11 — Grand Junction, Bookcliff Country Club

9 a.m., Aug. 13 — Eagle Valley, Gypsum Creek Golf Course

8 a.m., Aug. 14 — Battle Mountain, EagleVail Golf Club

9 a.m., Aug. 20 — Rifle, Rifle Creek Golf Course

9 a.m., Aug. 27 — Delta, Devil’s Thumb Golf Club

9 a.m., Aug. 28 — Montrose, Cobble Creek Golf Course

9 a.m., Sept. 3 — MCHS, Yampa Valley Golf Course

9 a.m., Sept. 4 — Steamboat Springs, Haymaker Golf Course

8 a.m., Sept. 9 — Aspen, River Valley Ranch Golf Club

10 a.m., Sept. 12 — Rangely, Cedar Ridges Golf Course

TBD, Sept. 16 — Regionals, Hillcrest Golf Course