Devils conquer field, wind at home invite
Fighting fierce winds – even by Cotton Ranch’s standards – the Devils ground out a one-stroke win over Montrose, 306-307.
“It was howling,” Devils coach Eric Bradley said. “It was probably about 40 miles-per-hour all afternoon. Those are probably as tough of conditions as these girls have ever played in. They were all troopers for just finishing.”
While the experience may not have been pleasant at the time, the experience should pay off down the road. If the Devils could play through Wednesday’s weather, that bodes well for how they can perform at a pressure packed environment like next month’s state tournament in Gunnison at Dos Rios.
“I think confidence-wise, this really helps,” Bradley said. “Even though it was their home course, they went out and got the job done. It wasn’t pretty, but the lowest score was a 93 and when the field can’t break 90, you know the conditions are tough.”
Katy Butters led the Devils with a clutch 99, while Charly Hoehn carded a 103. Mandy Preston was right behind at 104 and Erin Sterkel came home in 110.
Battle Mountain finished 11th at the tournament with 371 shots. Lauren Bruce-Lund led the Huskies with a 114. Briana Shoulders finished with a 129, while Liz Berens logged a 128.
Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain are next in action one week from today at Rifle Creek.