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Taking it hole by hole

MCHS boys varsity golf team to play back-to-back tournaments in Steamboat, Craig

John Vandelinder

— Add it up and see what happens.

The Moffat County High School golf team will have a lot of adding up to do by the week’s end.

The Bulldogs will travel to Steamboat Springs today for a tournament, and then turn around and head back to the links Thursday for their final home match of the season.

“We want to get some people out there to see us,” head coach Ken Harjes said. “We’re getting toward the end of the season, and this is the kids’ final tournament at home.”

The Bulldogs golf team has taken its share of lumps this season, but don’t let that fool you.

“Sure, not every round has been great, but the kids are getting better,” Harjes said.

“I want the boys to focus on getting into a comfort zone and not worry so much about their scores. I need them to believe that their next shot should be the best shot in your life.”

The Bulldogs infrequently practice on the driving range at Yampa Valley Golf Course, choosing to refine their short-game skills instead.

“Most amateur golfers know that the short game is where the strokes count the most, and that is no exception for this team,” said Harjes. “They all want to hit the lob wedge from inside 50 yards. I’m showing them a little about the pitch and run with a seven or nine iron instead.”

Harjes lists the strength of his team as having above average ability on the tee-box and a desire to get better.

“They all have pretty decent swings, and they all know that they can improve,” he said. “I don’t want them to set a certain score to reach in their mind because everybody, including Tiger Woods, can have a bad day.

“Nobody is perfect. You can’t get mad after a bad shot. It’s what you do after a bad shot that counts.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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