Devils and Huskies struggle in Delta
DELTA – If it is going to happen, it started here.
Eagle Valley golf’s Austin Fahrenholtz shot an 81 at Devil’s Thumb at Delta on the first day of a two-day swing through the western part of the state. Today, everyone’s at Montrose’s Cobble Creek for a regional preview.
Normally, Fahrenholtz shooting an 81 isn’t exactly headline news – the senior qualified for state last year, after all. But after an unsightly 91 at Gypsum Creek last week, and all of his putting struggles, this might be the turning point.
“Austin started with a string of three putts,” Devils coach Tom Buzbee said. “He just forgot the nuts and bolts of putting and went back to basic speed putting – putting a roll on the ball and waiting for it to die at the hole. His brain had gotten so cluttered, so he erased it all.”
And on 18, a 539-yard par-5, Fahrenholtz reached the green easily in two and got the two-putt for a birdie.
“That may have been where he turned the corner,” Buzbee said. “There’s no more time to fool around. This is about the time he got his second wind last year. When he walked off that green, he looked comfortable for the first time in a while.”
Devil’s Thumb pounded many a player including Eagle Valley’s Nick Bontempo. The junior has been ultra-steady all season in the 70s. Wednesday, a 92, was one of those days.
“Nick had been on a good streak there for a while,” Buzbee said. “It’s almost like he needed a little decompression. It was a little correction today. He’ll be fine.”
And no one shall ever speak of that score again.
In between Bontempo’s consistent shooting and Fahrenholtz’s flat-blade angst, Dustin Arguello’s been doing just fine. He shot an 84 Wednesday as the Devils tied for ninth with Palisade at 257 strokes.
Meanwhile, Battle Mountain golf was sixth with 249. Michael Wilhelm returned to action with a smooth 78. The only problem was that Dillon and Brady McDonald are out of town.
Granted, they have a really good excuse. Dillon is playing in the Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Yep, that Pebble. McDonald is paired with Champions Tour player Bruce Vaughan. Naturally the entire McDonald family is out in California.
“That would be so sweet,” Wilhelm said. “I’m going to try to do that next year.”
In the meantime, Andrew Sady had a nice 85 and Alex Bard rounded out the scoring at 86.
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