The first sport to start the fall season is also the first to finish, and for Rod Compton, his first year as Moffat County High School boys golf coach has flown by faster than he expected.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” he chuckled.
MCHS golfers played their final regular season event Wednesday, taking a 292 as a group at Lakota Canyon Golf Course in New Castle, a tournament hosted by Coal Ridge High School.
Torin Reed led the pack with an 85, a score Compton noted would have broken 80 if not for Reed’s final holes.
“He would have shot 78 if he had parred the last two, but he got in a little bit of trouble, got a quadruple bogey on one,” he said. “I think he was frustrated, but he learned a lot from it.”
Connor Etzler followed with a 94, Tyler Burkett 113 and Jack Doane 118 for the Bulldogs.
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The Coal Ridge tourney is the last stop as Moffat County and other schools head into regional championship mode, which includes a junior varsity-level event Friday in Grand Junction.
Compton will take five — Burkett, Doane, James DeWald, Josh Townsend, Tanner Etzler — to the tourney at Chipeta Golf Course.
“It could be a crowning achievement for these younger guys, and I really think they’re all going to play next year,” he said.
Compton opted to only bring two players to the following 3A Region 4 Tournament at Devil’s Thumb in Delta. Though teams are allowed to field a team of four for the state qualifier, he felt younger players might be too intimidated to play their best game.
Reed and Connor Etzler, both of whom have shot at regionals previously, will play in Delta, beginning with a Sunday practice round before the real thing…
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