Clint Wilson (69) gets Huskies golf off to good start
Battle Mountain golf’s Clint Wilson wasn’t very happy with his first two rounds of the high school season.He carded an 81 and an 86 at Battlement Mesa and Rifle Creek last week, respectively. That changed in a hurry on Monday at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction – 69.Three birdies, one bogey and pars the rest of the way for a round of 2-under on the par-71 track, measuring 6,617 yards, thank you very much. That was good for gold-medalist honors by a full five strokes.
“What was so remarkable was his short game,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “Every chip and putt was perfect. At the beginning of tryouts, I called his mom and she said that he was driving 340 (yards). So, he’s not only super longm but when short game is on, he is so capable of dialing it in.””That feels good just because I haven’t been playing much this summer.” the senior said. “It feels good to have it all come together. It shows me that I actually can play. I’ve got it in me.”And, as the Huskies discovered in their first four tournaments (Battlement Mesa, Rifle, Bookcliff and Tia Rado) of the season, they have it in them, too. Scores have been plummeting like the Nasdaq of a few years ago.Wilson’s younger brother, Clay, a sophomore, went from 107 in Parachute to 90 in Rifle to 91 in Bookcliff to 83 in Tia Rado. It’s the same story for Mason Cullen who went from as high as a 96 during the last week to an 82. Andrew Woodruff? At Battlement Mesa, the senior went around in 101. By Bookcliff, Woodruff fired an 86.
In Tuesday’s tourney at Tia Rado, the Huskies had three in the low 80s – Clint Wilson (80), Cullen (82) and Clay Wilson (83). Throw in senior Austin Chow, recovering from a slight fracture in his wrist from playing inline hockey, who’s very capable of low- to mid-70s, and you’ve got a very serious looking golf team in Battle Mountain.”I wasn’t very excited coming into the season but, boy, has that changed,” Desmone said. “We’ve had remarkable progress from the younger guys and Clint has provided a big spark. Austin is coming back, and to have the other guys in the low 80s is great.”The ultimate goal for Battle Mountain golf is to qualify for state as a team. That will be the order of the day on Sept. 23 at regionals at Battlement Mesa. In the meantime, individuals can prequalify with five rounds under 74, Desmone estimated.
The Huskies are next in action Monday at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. Battle Mountain will be hosting its annual home tournament Sept. 13 in Eagle-Vail and also have a local appearance at Eagle Ranch on Sept. 7.2004 Huskies boys golf includes Chow, Ben Dominico, Clint Wilson, Woodruff, Clark Simmons, Cullen, Sam Dechant, Nathan Howe, Anthony Guida, Jason Funk, Clay Wilson and Zach Dominico.Chris Freud is the sports editor of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.