Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley survive Cotton Ranch
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado ” Go up on the mesa at Cotton Ranch Golf Club and it’s like being in another state. Arizona or New Mexico, maybe, but definitely not Colorado.
The unforgiving five-hole stretch looks like a desert, and gives players little wiggle room for any errant shots. The holes humble most golfers, ruining their score for the entire round.
On Thursday, the Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley golf teams scaled the mesa at the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum. Despite the tough terrain, both teams did well. The Huskies finished in second place with 245 strokes, and the Devils were right behind with a 246. Steamboat Springs won the event with 239 shots.
Eagle Valley’s Chris Brubeck drew the short-straw Wednesday when players were being sent to their starting holes. Brubeck found himself on hole No. 5 for his first hole of the day, right in the middle of the torturous mesa. The holes lived up to their advanced billing, as Brubeck double-bogeyed both No. 6 and No. 7.
Instead of letting the poor start discourage him, Brubeck regained his composure. He played the next six holes in 3-under-par. At the end of the round, Brubeck finished in third place on the varsity leaderboard with a 79.
“After the double-bogeys, I didn’t really worry about it,” Brubeck said. “I know when I get angry, everything goes downhill.”
Brubeck stuck to a wise game plan after shooting a 94 at Eagle-Vail Golf Course on Wednesday. The senior didn’t hit anything bigger than a 4-iron all day. The strategy paid off, Brubeck made par on all four par-5 holes at Cotton Ranch.
“I really made sure I warmed up and did everything correctly today,” Brubeck said. “I just focused on my mechanics. I usually lift my head a lot. I focused on trying to keep it down and make sure my shots weren’t going too far left or right.”
With Brubeck leading the way, Eagle Valley cut 14 strokes off Wednesday’s total at Eagle-Vail. Jamison Bair put together another solid round, shooting an 83. Bryan Brennan fired an 84 for the Devils and Bryan Matthews finished with an 87.
Even with the third place finish, the varsity black team was overshadowed by the JV red squad for the second day in a row. Four red team golfers shot in the low 80s Thursday, and if their scores counted in the varsity standings, the red team would have taken second place with a 243.
“I could put the red and black teams in a soup bowl and pull names out of a hat and be fine,” Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee said. “I have 13 kids that I could put in the top-five any day and not worry. But I am trying to pick that right kid at the right time. I’ve seen some Jekyll and Hyde stuff, but in high school golf you expect that.”
Austin Fahrenholtz successfully navigated the tricky course on his way to a 79 to lead the red team. The sophomore played consistent golf, carding a 40 on the front-nine and a 39 on the back.
“Usually my driver is always on, but my putting usually is not,” Fahrenholtz said. “My approach shots were on (today). It was a mix of all of them.”
Kevin Stough rebounded from a 94 Wednesday to shoot an 81 at Cotton Ranch. Dustin Arguello and Nick Bontempo both shot an 82 for the red team.
Brown captures medalist honors
Battle Mountain’s Cameron Brown might need a new trophy case after this season is over. The junior followed his victory at Eagle-Vail on Wednesday with another one on Thursday. Brown tied Steamboat Springs’ Kaelen Gunderson for medalist honors with a 75.
The spectacular round by Brown helped the Huskies to a second place finish.
“We wanted to take another first, of course,” Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone said. “Steamboat is always our competition. Cameron had a 75, which is excellent.”
Dustin Martin carded an 83 for the Huskies and Diego Gaspar finished with an 87. Desmone said Battle Mountain is still looking for a third player to go with Brown and Martin. One option for Desmone is Edgar Gaspar, who shot an 80 on Thursday for the Battle Mountain JV.
“Dustin is getting more consistent,” Desmone said. “I think Edgar is going to be our player. That’s been my problem for the last 10 years of golf, I haven’t had a third player.”
Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain are back in action on Monday.
Sports writer Ian Smith can be reach at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steamboat Springs 239
Battle Mountain 245
Eagle Valley 246
Summit County 248
Moffat County 262
Eagle Valley (Black)
Jamison Bair 83
Bryan Matthews 87
Bryan Brennan 84
Cooper Adams 92
Chris Brubeck 79
Eagle Valley JV Red
Dustin Arguello 82
Austin Fahrenholtz 79
Evan Buzbee 100
Nick Bontempo 82
Kevin Stough 81
Eagle Valley JV White
Taylor Sanchez 84
Tanner Coulter 93
Jalen Aquino 89
Stuart Rasmussen 94
Alec Sterkel 88
Eagle Valley JV Silver
Cooper Senn 103
Derek Kaspar NC
James Sanchez 100
Jimmy Pritchard 114
Cameron Brown 75
Dustin Martin 83
Geoff Funk 96
Diego Gaspar 87
Brady McDonald 95
Battle Mountain JV
Cristhian Ravelo 102
Edgar Gaspar 80
Cooper Beals 107
Ryan Barton 98