Golf teams battle wind at River Valley | VailDaily.com

Golf teams battle wind at River Valley

Shauna Farnell

CARBONDALE – The Battle Mountain golf team had a few gusts to contend with Monday in Carbondale. The Huskies faced 18 schools on River Valley Ranch, and if the competition wasn’t enough of a factor, the breeze certainly was.”We had 30 mph winds for a little while,” said senior Derek Rush, who shot a 77 Monday. He placed fourth individually and helped his team place eighth overall.”Usually you take another club up and let the wind take it a little bit,” Rush said. “So, if you have a five iron, you should add a four iron. I was putting a lot better today.”Huskies junior Clay Wilson shot an 87, a slip from his usual low-80s scoring range, but respectable considering the elements.”It was good for the conditions,” Wilson said. “Most days, I miss wild putts. Today, I was making some.”The team feels putting is one of the aspects of the game it needs to focus on, especially before it hosts Wednesday’s tournament in Eagle-Vail.”What I hear a lot from our team is they miss a lot of short putts,” Wilson said. “They’re always talking about how if they made their putts, they’d make par.”Smith leads Eagle ValleyThe Eagle Valley golf team had four representatives in Monday’s River Valley Ranch tournament. Sophomore Ethan Smith had the best shooting with a score of 89. Devils coach Glen Ewing pointed out that although the course was in “fantastic shape,” there are always a few unexpected tricks that throw players for a loop. “There are a few holes that are nothing but trouble,” he said. “One we’re hitting across the Crystal River, and there’s one Par 3 that’s fairly short, but you’re in the sand and weeds.”Jamison Bair and Zach Coe both shot 93s Monday. Ewing said some Devils players need to work on getting off the tee. Some need to work on their mental game and some just need to deal with factors such as wind.”There were a lot of sneaky parts,” Smith said of the River Valley course. “I was having trouble hitting some of the greens today, even considering how big they are. I need to work on my chipping and wedging. The wind didn’t effect the ball, but it threw off my groove and my psyche.”Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or sfarnell@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado