Brown, Brennan lead locals at state
Eagle County’s quintet of golfers wasn’t just happy to be at the state tournament. The five made their mark Monday and Tuesday.
Cameron Brown fought off a wrist injury to fire a a two-day total of 151 (74-77) for top local honors up at Yampa in the 4A tourney, followed by teammate Dustin Martin (80-84).
In his third trip to state, Eagle Valley’s Jamison Bair cracked the elusive 80, shooting 90-79, while his state companion Bryan Brennan showed there’s not much to carding 70s in his first state appearance (79-78).
And at the 3A tournament down on the Front Range, Vail Mountain’s Alex Bard, just a sophomore, posted his best tournament round with an 88.
Brown, who qualified for state with an 81 of which he was not too proud, prepared for the tournament by doing nothing. Sidelined by a right wrist injury, he practiced only during the three days, running up to the tournament, getting needed rest.
Although doctors had said he needed to take it easy for 6-8 weeks, the junior had a good first round and overcame a 6-over-par front nine Tuesday to finish 16th in the state.
“It would have been nice not to struggle the second day,” he said. “I was 4-over through three holes and 6-over on the front. I’ll take a 77 after that front nine.”
Martin in his second state appearance carded a 164. Like all golfers, he doubtless wanted to go lower, but it was a considerable improvement over his 94-94 performance the previous year.
Both golfing buddies for years, Bair had been to state twice already and Brennan was making his debut.
After shooting a 90 Monday, Bair broke 80 for the first time at state in six tries.
“I guess I was swinging better and I wasn’t being so much of an idiot,” Bair joked. “I guess I played good enough for government work. It feels good to break 80 anywhere. To do it at state was a relief at last.”
Though he did have some nerves, Brennan didn’t show them in a very consistent performance up at Yampa.
“It was so much fun,” Brennan said. “Jamison and I have been playing together all our lives. It was cool to be there when it happened. I saw it happening since we started playing golf.”
Vail Mountain’s Bard could have been excused for being “just happy to be there.” Instead he settled in and fired a 92, followed by an 88. The 88 is the best score the sophomore has recorded in a tournament, and quite possibly a sign of things to come.
“I was pretty relaxed,” Bard said, “I didn’t have too many expectations. It wasn’t like I was one of the guys who had to be stressed and have nerves. It’s an experience that’s going to help me in later years.”
Bard was the first from VMS to compete in the state tournament.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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