Davils’ Coulter gets second win
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Welcome back.
Eagle Valley golf’s Tanner Coulter returned to the winner’s circle Thursday with a 2-over-par 74 at Haymaker at the Steamboat Springs Invitational for his second win of the season.
And win No. 2 is a validating one.
“It’s definitely cool to win again,” Coulter said. “It wasn’t just because it was my home course.”
Of course, he isn’t giving back his win at Gypsum Creek last month, but it’s nice to win at Haymaker and in September. Haymaker was the site of regionals two years ago and the 2011 tournament is just 10 days away in Rifle. If you can shoot a 74 on a longer and tougher course up at Steamboat, knock wood, Coulter should be in good shape.
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The same can be said for Brady McDonald who ended up tied for third with a 75. He also has a win to his credit this year at Redlands Mesa.
“Brady’s bummed out,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “He wanted to take first. We’re glad Tanner got it, but Brady wanted it.”
Coulter used a steady short game and applied learning for his second win off the year. After a three-putt bogey on the first, the Devils senior rolled off five pars and a birdie. That stretch included two up-and-down saves for par. The birdie came with a 5-foot putt on the 590-yard, par-5 sixth.
Coulter went out in 37 and came back with the same number. Sand trouble left him with a double bogey on No. 10, but picked up two more birdies on the back. As opposed to his back nine at Gypsum Creek where he had an eagle and two birdies in three-hole stretch, only to follow it up with bogeys on the last three holes, Coulter was steady in the end, finishing birdie-par-par.
“It was definitely a different round,” he said. “I was more consistent.”
Barring something bizarre, Coulter is pretty much a lock to go to regionals. The rest of the Devils will be continuing to battle for three spots in Rifle. Mitchell Nevin, who shot an 83 Thursday, likely has the inside track for the second spot based on season-scoring average.
Hayden Floyd (82), Cooper Senn (83), Alec Sterkel (88) and Jimmy Pritchard, who didn’t play Thursday, are also in the mix. In the meantime, with all Devils under 90, its was good day for Eagle Valley golf.
“The guys made good choices and stayed away from big numbers, which is something we’ve been working on,” Devils coach Ryan Sappenfield said.
For Battle Mountain, Ryan Hansen carded a 90, while Michael Thompson had a 93.
All four local teams are in action at Aspen on Monday.
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