Devils edge Huskies at Eagle Ranch |

Devils edge Huskies at Eagle Ranch

Bret Hartman/Vail DailyBattle Mountain's Ben Dominico attempts a put on the 4th green Monday at the Eagle Ranch Golf and Country Club during the Eagle Valley High School Invitational in Eagle.

EAGLE – The Devils boys golf team defended its home fairways at Eagle Ranch, edging Battle Mountain by two strokes at the Eagle Valley Invitational Tuesday.Eagle Valley came in fifth with 246 strokes, while Battle Mountain shot a 248 to tie for seventh with Rifle. Montrose won the tournament with a 210, keyed by a 65 from Collin Colvolt, a new course record from the white tees.For Eagle Valley, it was a big day as Glen Ewing’s team put four golfers in the 80s.”We’re ecstatic with what we did today,” the Eagle Valley coach said. “For the first time, we had four guys in the 80s. Our goal for this year is to get three guys shooting in the 80s at regionals. I think that gives them some confidence that they can do it as a team. We’re still not in 70s where we need to be, but going in the right direction.”

As for beating the Huskies, Ewing downplayed that, noting that Austin Chow, one of Battle Mountain’s bigger sticks, was not at Eagle Ranch Tuesday.”They didn’t have Austin,” Ewing said, transforming himself into Lou Holtz. “There’s no question that (Huskies coach) Cassie (Desmone) has got a solid team. We’re lucky to play on the same course they do.”Don’t sell your guys short, Coach. Ben Morris led the way with an 80, followed by James Ewing (82) and Zach Coe (84). Rounding out Eagle Valley’s first team were Peter Berg (103) and Shelton Adams (104).

‘Five minutes with Alice Plain’The real shocker came from Eagle Valley’s second team. David Earle plummeted from a 127 at Devil’s Thumb in Delta to a stunning 80 at Eagle Ranch. So, how in the name of Arnie Palmer did this happen?”A five-minute lesson with Alice Plain,” Glen Ewing said of Eagle Ranch’s first assistant pro. “Scott (Gordon) and I worked with Dave and that didn’t work. He had a lesson with Alice Monday and she changed his swing plane. We were kidding around with Alice that she should put an ad in the Vail Daily that says ‘Five minutes with Alice Plain.'”Huskies seventh

The Huskies’ Clint Wilson led all locals with a 76 – and was not happy with his round. It should be noted that most weekend hacks would give up a kidney for a 76.”It was a disappointing day,” Desmone said. “To be honest, it was disappointing for everyone on the team. Clint expected way more than that. He was very disappointed with a 76.”Though Battle Mountain wasn’t pleased, there were some pretty solid numbers on the board. Mason Cullen carded an 83, while Andrew Woodruff broke 90 with an 89. Ben Dominico came around in 93 and Clay Wilson shot a 96.If there is some solace to be found, it’s that the Huskies will be hosting the Battle Mountain Invitational Monday at Eagle-Vail, the Huskies’ home course where they tend to dominate the competition.

“We’re excited about it,” Desmone said. “We hope to win by 20 strokes, like we usually do. But, we have a lot more schools coming, so there’ll be better competition. But, home turf is definitely going to be a plus.”Chip shotsVail Mountain fielded a team and it finished 15th. Conch Berry led with a 97. Greg Flynn carded a 108, followed by Mick Seemann (123). … Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley are at Haymaker in Steamboat Wednesday and Yampa in Craig on Thursday. … Eagle Valley is withdrawing from a tournament in Montrose next week. Instead, the Devils will spend those two days at Battlement Mesa, the site of regionals in two weeks. … “Thanks to Eagle Ranch, ” Ewing said. “We had seven schools signed up, and in the end, we had 11 schools. Eagle Ranch was incredibly accommodating. That situation put them in a bind, so we really appreciate their help.”Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at Colorado

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