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Devils dip into 70’s at Black Canyon, Cobble Creek

Ian Cropp
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MONTROSE ” Eagle Valley golf coach Glen Ewing always seems to be happy. So when Ewing sounds cheerful after his team finishes up a round, it’s tough to gauge just how well the Devils played.

But Thursday at Cobble Creek, it wasn’t just Ewing who was excited coming off the course, but rather the entire Eagle Valley squad.

The Devils shot a 236, a school record, with three golfers in the 70’s, and the other two close behind.

“We are happy,” Ewing said. “And we had a great day (Wednesday), too.”

At the par-70 Black Canyons course on Wednesday, the Devils shot a 241, with two golfers in the 70’s, and the other three in the mid-80’s.

“They are all playing exceptionally well. These guys were chopping at the bit to get out there and play some more, and they really performed,” Ewing said, noting the Devils beat Aspen today for the first time in several years.

Jamison Bair led the way with a 78 on both days. Wednesday, after playing the front 9-over-par, Bair caught fire and went 1-under on the back.

“I went birdie, birdie, eagle,” Bair said.

On his first birdie, which came on a par 5, Bair was off to the side of the green in two strokes, then chipped up and made a birdie putt. On the next hole, a par 3, Bair sunk a 15-foot putt. Then, on another par 5, Bair smacked his drive and then put his second shot to within 60 yards of the pin. With his 56-degree wedge, Bair put the ball to what he thought was inches from the hole.

“I was happy because it had to have been close. I guess I got up there and (the ball) was leaning up against the flag stick, and I pushed the flag,” Bair said, noting the ball then dropped in for his eagle. “I was really happy because Glen was there, too.”

Bair was a bit more consistent Thursday and finished with 27 putts.

“I played decent and kept out of the high numbers,” Bair said. “My highest score was a bogie. I kind of laid back a little bit and tried to go for the pars, and got up and down a few times when it mattered. I’m glad I put two rounds together.”

Bryan Brennan dipped into the 70’s both days with a pair of 79’s.

“He and Jamison have dropped their scores a lot through summer play,” Ewing said.

Jake Lammert also recorded a 79 on Thursday after he shot a 84 Wednesday.

“I was feeling pretty good Wednesday, and much better today,” said Lammert, who broke into the 70’s at a tournament for the first time. “I hit 16 fairways and 10 greens in regulation today.”

In addition to a flurry of pars, Lammert added two birdies on par-5’s.

Lammert, who along with Ethan Smith are the only two juniors on a team without seniors, thinks part of the team’s good play can also be attributed to Ewing’s advice.

“Everyone is hitting below 90, and it’s because of the great coaching,” Lammert said. “There were a few tricky holes, and you’ve gotta lay up. Glen helps out with that.”

Smith shaved off almost 20 strokes from his round on Tuesday to shoot an 86 Wednesday, then followed up with an 85 on Thursday.

And Bryan Matthews nearly broke into the 70’s with an 80 on Wednesday, and had an 85 on Thursday.

“I was pretty consistent with my drives and my long irons,” Matthews said. “Everything came together on the back nine today. I hit all but two greens.”

Matthews and fellow sophomores Bair and Brennan have plenty golf ahead of them.

“We’ve all been playing really well, and I’m looking forward to the next few years,” Matthews said.

Ewing noted that Smith and Bair were tied last year for the team average with 88, but this year there are five guys that may beat that number.

“This was the first tourney we took our ‘A team’ to and they’re showing they can do it,” Ewing said.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado


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