Aspen’s Moyer tops field in Glenwood
August 26, 2008
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Bobby Moyer thought his chance for victory was lost Monday afternoon.
The Aspen golfer’s drive at Glenwood Springs Country Club’s par-4 fifth ” his 14th hole ” veered to the right, landed on the road and kicked out of play. His fourth shot from the fairway hit the green and bounced into an adjacent hazard. After losing his ball, Moyer again hit from the fairway and came up short. His chip came to rest one foot from the cup.
He missed the putt. He finished with a nine. He went from even to 5-over.
“Everything that could go wrong went wrong on that hole,” the freshman said. “I was kind of angry. I was more mad at myself than anything because I thought I gave it away.”
All was not lost. Even after a double and a bogey at his 17th and 18th holes, Moyer still managed to finish with a 7-over 77. And, on a course where he had not lost in four previous tournaments, Moyer soon learned his streak was intact.
Moyer finished one shot ahead of Moffat County’s Mark Dockstruder to pick up his first medal in just his fourth high school tournament. That result, coupled with those from teammates Coulter Young (86) and Tommy Doyle (98), propelled the Skiers to a fifth-place finish. Montezuma Cortez (242), Moffat County (251) and Battle Mountain (255) finished in the top three.
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“He’s a good, solid golfer and it was a pretty fun round of golf to watch,” Aspen coach Mary Woulfe said. “I know he felt disappointed when he thought about what he could have shot, but a win is a win.”
“It’s cool to shoot a 77 with a nine and a double bogey ” not many people can say that,” Moyer said. “I wasn’t happy … but at least I got something out of it. It motivates me to know that I can compete against these guys.”
After finishing his first run through the nine-hole course in 1-over, Moyer birdied his 12th hole. Woulfe remarked that Moyer was “laughing and having a good time.”
That all changed at the 14th.
“I told myself that I had four holes left and I better get it together,” Moyer said. “I didn’t quite do that.”
Moyer appeared to be back on track after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt at 15 and parring 16. The trouble returned however, when he pulled a wedge from his bag on the tee at the short par-3 17th.
His shot landed in the water. Moyer discovered his ball was partly submerged and decided against taking a drop. He swung down and missed the ball ” but succeeded in soaking himself.
“It’s one of those things where it’s an iffy call, but he’s a freshman and wanted to try it,” she said. “I stayed out of it. It was his round of golf at that point.”
He wound up with double bogey, then dropped a shot at the last. Moyer was drenched and disappointed. He knew he squandered the chance to go low, and he figured the leaderboard would be littered with 72s and 73s.
He was surprised.
He wasn’t the only one.
Despite Monday’s result, Woulfe insists that expectations remain modest for her freshman-laden squad. After a string of lackluster performances, she figured her players would fare better Monday on a familiar course.
She was right, and she said she hopes that trend continues. In the coming weeks, the Skiers tee off at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale and Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club in New Castle.
The team will also have two chances to compete on their home course. The Aspen Golf Club hosts both a tournament Sept. 9 and the regional championship Sept. 23.
“I’m pleased with how we’re doing,” Woulfe said. “We’re at the point where we need a little seasoning and a little experience. … This is all leading up to regionals.”