Devils golf second at Lakota Canyon |

Devils golf second at Lakota Canyon

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NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Yes, walking is a part of golf. But at Lakota Canyon?

This is a loop that makes Eagle-Vail, the trek to Cotton Ranch’s mesa and Eagle Ranch’s back nine look like a saunter in the park.

Eagle Valley, Vail Mountain and Battle Mountain golf hiked ” and you know it’s hiked, if you’ve played there ” their way to good scores Thursday at the Coal Ridge Invitational on the Jim Engh-designed course.

Eagle Valley’s black team ” or varsity squad ” took second with a total of 245 strokes. Battle Mountain’s younger players were 12th with a 275, and Vail Mountain’s young squad posted a solid 297, knocking off a few fellow 3A schools.


Eagle Valley used the outing at Lakota Canyon as a final warm-up for regionals, which are Tuesday at Aspen. The Devils were like a cross country team running in a pack with their scores bunched in the low 80s.

Jamison Bair took sixth with an 81. The Bryans ” Matthews and Brennan ” tied for seventh with 82s. Dustin Arguello and Austin Fahrenholtz carded 85s.

“Each one said, ‘What if?’ I told them to save a few for Tuesday,” Eagle Valley coach Evan Buzbee said. “We knew this was just kind of a tune-up to stay warm. That’s what we scheduled this for early in the season. A lot of these teams ” (coach) Cassie (Desmone) from Battle Mountain will tell you ” didn’t bring her top players. We used it to test out guys. They’re feeling good. They’re excited.”

Gore Rangers

VMS’ 297 does not overwhelm at first, but given that the Gore Rangers are returning to CHSAA golf, it was a very good day.

Alex Bard led the way with an 89, impressive in its own right, and even more so given that he was able to bounce back from two snowmen.

A.J. Yankee posted a 101 and Marshall Thompson a 107. Of VMS’ scorers, Thompson likely had the toughest start to the day. He began his round on No. 18, a 499-yard par-5 with two water carries. What’s more by starting out on 18, Thompson started his round with four par-5s in his first six holes.

“It’s a sign of progress that we have fielded a team of four who can compete,” VMS coach Ross Sappenfield said. “We are competing in 3A and playing against a lot of 4A schools and have been beating a few teams. The kids feel like their improving, but they’re not satisfied.”


Battle Mountain got a look at its future and it is bright. Cooper Beals and Ryan Barton both had 90s, while Dillon McDonald had a 95.

Sports writer Ian Smith contributed to this report.

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