Battle Mountain looks to take another step up |

Battle Mountain looks to take another step up

Ian Cropp
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This time around, Battle Mountain golf will be doing less rebuilding and more fortifying. At the start of the 2005 season, the Huskies had to replace five of their top six golfers. When the Huskies took to the Eagle-Vail Golf Club Monday, they were without the services of three of the top six from the 2005 squad.But this year there are more tools in place for Battle Mountain. Those who are back have one more year under their belts, and there’s also some newcomers who may step up and contribute right away.”It’s looking as I had planned,” said coach Cassie Desmone. “It’s going to be another developing year for us.”Clay Wilson will be on the team for his fourth year, and is hitting in the high 70’s and low 80’s.”He’s shooting really well now,” Desmone said. “Zach Domenico is shooting about the same.”

Diego Gaspar has shaved a few strokes off his game and looks to continue the trend.”He shot an 86 (Tuesday) and has a great short game,” Desmone said. “If he focuses a bit, he’ll be another great player.” Matt Barry, Barrett Chow, Jason and Geoffrey Funk, Dustin Martin and John Ryan Melzer all return from last year’s squad and look to fill in for the loss of Derek Rush, Clark Simmons and Mason Cullen.Quick transitionIn only his second day practicing with the squad, freshman Cameron Brown impressed Desmone with his solid play.

“He had a nice show (Tuesday) with an 81,” Desmone said.Brown’s practice round put him in the lineup for today’s tournament at Battlement Mesa. Domenico, Gaspar, Wilson, Barry and Brown will lead the Huskies in their first meeting of the season.Even though the team has only had two rounds and one day of practice, Desmone feels they are well prepared.”I’ve seen these guys on the course all summer long, and that definitely helps,” Desmone said.And Desmone won’t just be watching her golfers.”We’re already looking out for Aspen and Eagle Valley, and a few other teams,” Desmone said “We have some good challenges this year. I bet we’ll be in the middle of the pack.”

And like any coach, Desmone has her eye on the future a little bit.”I do have some good youth,” Desmone said. “And we only have two seniors in Clay and Jason.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or, Colorado

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