Devils golf gears up for state run
Editor’s note: Fear not, Huskies fans. The Vail Daily will run a preview of the Battle Mountain golf team in Friday’s edition.
GYPSUM, Colorado ” Eagle Valley boys golf is adding to the school’s color scheme.
The Devils, traditionally clad in some form of red, black and white, now have silver too when it comes to the golf team.
Coach Tom Buzbee has a stunning 20 golfers, divided into quintets of black, red, white and silver, ready for the 2008 season which starts today at Battlement Mesa.
While silver is new to Eagle Valley, except for the school’s football helmets, the Devils are also shooting for another first this year ” qualifying for the 4A state tournament up at Yampa in October.
And since all five on the black squad are tournament-tested seniors, including Jamison Bair, who qualified as an individual for state the last two years, this is not out of the question, not to mention that regional power Basalt has moved down to 3A.
“Jamison said to the rest of the black team, ‘You guys all need to be there this year,'” Buzbee said. “In 45 days, these guys’ high school golfing careers aee going to be over. They can make it last a little longer and do it together.”
Meet the teams
Chris Brubeck, Bryan Brennan, Cooper Adams, Bryan Matthews and Bair start the season on the black team. According to Buzbee, all five are capable of breaking 80, a nice luxury for any coach to have.
“It’s like Battle Mountain hockey with 13 seniors (sic) last year. You saw what they did,” Buzbee said. “We’ve got the chance to do something special. For the other 15 kids watching this, I want them to play with the older players and compete, and they’ve risen to the occasion. The players on the black team are all kind of co-captains in my book.”
The method behind having four different squads is that Buzbee can get more players into more tournaments throughout the compressed CHSAA golf season. While the five seniors are expected to carry the load, the red and white teams will be in 7-8 tournaments this season.
That gives them a chance to play, and more importantly, to get a shot at moving up. For example, Bair has a nagging calf injury and may not be able to go today. In that case, Austin Fahrenholtz moves from red to black today, and judging by his rounds last year, he’s perfectly capable of handling the challenge.
“Tournament golf is definitely a lot of pressure,” Brubeck said. “You’ve got to perform and keep your spot. It always depends on your round. If you’re playing well, you’re having a good time. If you’re not, it’s like you’re in the worst place in the world.
“We have five seniors who are good players, but those (younger) guys are going to do their work to take our spots.”
Irons are our friends
One of the challenges facing Eagle Valley this year is similar to the one faced by most golfers ” course management. The Devils can hit the ball a mile with a driver, but there is a time and place for discretion.
With its home course being Cotton Ranch, a few trips around the mesa ” the ultra-tight stretch of hole Nos. 4-8 ” will likely be happening to emphasize the point.
Not only will that help with the team’s home tournament Aug. 21, but with stops at Eagle-Vail (Aug. 20), Rifle (Aug. 26), Devil’s Thumb in Delta (Aug. 27) and Haymaker in Steamboat Springs (Sept. 3), to name a few.
“I tend to usually try to use a 4-iron or a hybrid off the tee,” Brubeck said. “I have more control with the 4-iron. I don’t need the driver to get most of what I need to get done.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
Eagle Valley golf
Chris Brubeck, Bryan Brennan, Cooper Adams, Bryan Matthews and Jamison Bair.
Austin Fahrenholtz, Taylor Sanchez, Alec Sterkel, Kevin Stough and Tanner Coulter.
Evan Buzbee, Dustin Arguello, Cooper Senn, Stuart Rasmussen and Jalen Aquino.
Nick Bontempo, Derek Kaspar, Westin Blevins, Jimmy Pritchard and James Sanchez.