Brown, Battle Mountain capture titles at Eagle-Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Cameron Brown is a perfectionist. While most mortals buy a lottery ticket after shooting a 76, Brown prefers to linger on what he could do better.
Unfortunately for his fellow competitors, even when Brown’s not at his best, he is still very good. The Battle Mountain junior won medalist honors on Wednesday at Eagle-Vail Golf Course after carding a 76. The score helped lead the Huskies to a four-stroke victory over the 10-team field with a total of 248 shots. Eagle Valley finished fourth with 260 strokes.
The victory is nothing new for Brown, but he was still left unsatisfied after the round. On hole No. 18, Brown recorded an eight, leaving a sour taste in his mouth.
“Just knowing I could par that hole and shoot a 73, that would have been a lot better,” Brown said.
Despite his frustration, Brown played really well given the way the course was set up. A number of pins were tucked into tough places and the greens played lightning-quick.
“(Cameron) has great drives, but then his approach shot will be wonderful,” Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone said. “It all comes together. He chips it up close and he is able to putt. He has a nice feel on the green.”
Brown’s low-round was complimented by teammate Dustin Martin’s 81. The duo continue to lead the talented Huskies squad.
“Dustin doesn’t hit the ball as far as Cameron, but around the greens, he is amazing,” Desmone said. “That’s where Dustin gets his strokes.”
Diego Gaspar rounded out the Battle Mountain scores that counted toward the 248 total with a 86. Geoff Funk fired a 87 for the Huskies.
The Battle Mountain JV teams were led by Brady McDonald and Cooper Beals. Both carded an 88 on Wednesday.
Eagle Valley shows depth
Eagle Valley’s fourth place finish is a little misleading. That’s because the varsity black team was beaten by the JV red squad. The red team finished with 254 strokes, which would have been good enough for third place in the varsity standings.
The solid play of Jamison Bair led the red team’s rise up the leaderboard. Playing in his first competition of the season, Bair carded an 80. The senior is always tough on himself, but the 80 is an excellent start to his 2008 campaign. Bair shot an even par 36 on the front nine at Eagle-Vail.
Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee wanted to ease Bair back into the swing of things by starting him on the red squad.
“I wanted Jamison to show everybody that he deserved to be back (on the black team),” Buzbee said. “I’m no coaching genius, but something worked. Talk about responding well to a challenge.”
“It’s nice not to be watching,” Bair added.
Mr. Consistent, Bryan Matthews led the varsity black squad with an 85. Matthews credited his course management and his ability to focus in notching the good score.
“The greens were incredibly fast,” Matthews said. “For the condition for the greens were in, I think that’s pretty good.”
Dustin Arguello added an 87 and Bryan Brennan finished with an 88 for the black team. On the red squad, Austin Fahrenholz fired an 86 and Evan Buzbee notched an 88.
The Vail Mountain School was also in action on Wednesday in Eagle-Vail. Alex Bard led the Gore Rangers with a 93. A.J. Yankee was right behind with a 94.
Round two today
Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain don’t have much time to rest after Wednesday’s round at Eagle-Vail. All three teams hit the links again today at Cotton Ranch in Gypsum. The course presents a whole new set of problems for golfers.
The toughest stretch at Cotton Ranch is affectionately known as the mesa. The players who survive holes No. 4-8 have the best chance to finish with a quality score.
“(The key) is to keep it straight and get a decent score on the front nine,” Matthews said. “When you go up on the mesa at Cotton Ranch, that’s where you get in trouble.”
The Devils could give Battle Mountain a run for its money on their home course. Bair is slotted to join the varsity black team today, giving Eagle Valley five seniors in its lineup.
“It’s been me and Bryan Brennan these last two tournaments,” Matthews said. “It will be nice (today) to have our top varsity squad playing.”
Sports writer Ian Smith can be reach at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cameron Brown 76
Dustin Martin 81
Geoff Funk 87
Diego Gaspar 86
Cotton Becker 104
Battle Mountain JV
Dillon McDonald 100
Edgar Gaspar 96
William Thompson 106
Cristhian Ravelo 90
Brady McDonald 88
Battle Mountain JV 2
Stephen Liccardi 101
Cooper Beals 88
Andrew Sady 103
Ryan Barton 98
Bryan Brennan 88
Bryan Matthews 85
Chris Brubeck 94
Dustin Arguello 87
Cooper Adams 93
Eagle Valley JV
Austin Fahrenholtz 86
Jamison Bair 80
Evan Buzbee 88
Nick Bontempo 93
Kevin Stough 93
A.J. Yankee 94
Alex Bard 93
Ian Reid NC
Blake Barbour NC
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