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Swinging into action

Two tournaments in two days for golfers

Jerry Raehal

— Two tournaments in two days left Moffat County High School boys golf coach Ken Harjes with the following assessment of his young team.

“I think it showed we have a long ways to go in the league,” he said. “We’re not in the top right now, but I like their attitude on the course.”

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs finished 11th out of 16 teams, shooting a 284 at the Bridges Golf Course in Montrose, and Thursday the Bulldogs carded a 250 to finish eighth out of 12 teams at Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose.

The scores were higher Wednesday “because the course is tough,” Harjes said. “And we hadn’t seen (the course before).”

Nick Moyer paced the Bulldogs with “a pretty respectable round,” the coach said. Moyer carded an 88 on the par 72 course. “Nick was striking the ball well.”

Sean Smith shot a 93; Taylor Branstetter, 103; Greg Blackstun, 108; and Jake Steele, 110.

“They look at the scores and they see 100 and they’re disappointed,” the coach said. “But if you shoot a 100 and everyone else shots 101, that’s pretty good.”

On Thursday, the Bulldogs “had a much better round” on what Harjes called “a much easier course.”

Moyer carded a 76 to finish sixth overall on the par 70 course. Smith shot an 84; Steele, 90; Branstetter, 92; and Blackstun, 94.

The Bulldogs played better with the help of “the experience of playing in a high school tournament,” the coach said. He added, “They looked more comfortable and they seemed to have fun (Thursday).”

Next, the Bulldogs travel to Cortez to take a swing at the regional golf course at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The coach said he arranged the trip so his team could see the course before post-season play, adding that the Bulldogs hadn’t been there in a couple of years.

Then on Thursday and Friday, the Bulldogs continue the long road trip with two tournaments in Durango.

“Right now we’re just trying to get experience,” Harjes said. “We’ve got a lot of short game work.”


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