Battle Mountain makes a statement |

Battle Mountain makes a statement

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoBattle Mountain's Cameron Brown putts on the sixth hole at Eagle-Vail Golf Course in action earlier this season. On Wednesday, Brown won medalist honors at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat with a 72.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain golf team made a big statement Wednesday. Cameron Brown added the exclamation point.

Behind Brown’s 72, the Huskies finished tied for second place against a loaded field at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat. Eagle Valley also made the trip, finishing in 10th place.

The tournament matched the Huskies and Devils up against many of the same foes both teams will face on Sept. 23 at the Western Regional at Aspen Golf and Country Club.

“It was another good day,” Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone said. “My expectations keep getting higher and higher.”

It was Brown’s spectacular performance that led Battle Mountain to a high finish. Last week, Brown “struggled” to shoot a 79 at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta. The junior didn’t have nearly as much trouble on Wednesday. Brown captured medalist honors with his 72.

“I set some goals before the round ” what I wasn’t going to do,” Brown said. “I accomplished them. I got first place, so that was nice.”

“Cameron’s shots were straight as an arrow,” Desmone added. “His drives were fantastic. His approaches were on the green. He made a lot of of birdies today. He is in great shape.”

Dustin Martin only hit four greens in regulation at Haymaker, but his short game made up the strokes. Martin is still working out a few kinks in his swing, but his 82 on Wednesday proved he is headed in the right direction.

“Lately, I haven’t been able to play well,” Martin said. “I should be back down to shooting mid-70s, low-70s. I am still working on my swing.”

Diego Gaspar fired an 85 to round out the Battle Mountain scores that counted toward the 239 total. Geoff Funk carded an 87 for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain will tee it up again today at Yampa.

Haymaker leaves Devils feeling blue

Eagle Valley didn’t find the same success at Haymaker as rival Battle Mountain. The Devils finished in 10th place with 258 strokes.

“We got beat up today,” Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee said. “We had the frost in the morning and the wind in the afternoon. Everyone plays the same golf course, but we got beat up.”

Bryan Brennan paced the Devils with an 85. Bryan Matthews fired an 86 and Jamison Bair had an 87.

The low Eagle Valley score of the day came from Nick Bontempo who shot an 80 playing for the JV white team. Tanner Coulter shot a personal-best 89 for the white squad.

“Nick and Tanner were bright spots,” Buzbee said. “They were the survivors. Everybody else was black and blue. It’s a tough course. The native grass is knee-high. There’s a narrow strip of rough, then you are in the hay. The course is appropriately named. I will say that.”

The Eagle Valley red and white teams are both in action again on Monday at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. The varsity black team plays on Tuesday at Aspen.

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