Devils golf struggles in Steamboat Springs |

Devils golf struggles in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The NASA Genesis spacecraft wasn’t the only thing that crash-landed back on Earth Wednesday. A day after a sky-high performance on its home links at Eagle Ranch, the Eagle Valley golf team fell out of orbit at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. “Today’s course was very difficult and we knew that going in,” Devils coach Glen Ewing said. “We knew that we were not going to get the same type of scores that we got at Eagle Ranch.”The same type of scores wouldn’t have been expected anyway, considering Ewing chose to give his some of his junior varsity players the chance to play and didn’t travel his current varsity roster. Throw in the tight fairways on the long 7,249-yard course, coupled with native wheat grass rough, deep bunkers and rock walls and there’s no need to explain why Eagle Valley struggled. “There’s lots of places to lose balls in the rough,” Ewing said. “And, if you do find it, it’s very tough to hit it out. It’s not like a municipal course with side-by-side fairways and a few trees. It’s a great course and it was in wonderful condition, but it was a little more than what the kids were wanting to see. They were bummed.”Of Ewing’s current varsity roster, Ben Morris had the day off as well as James Ewing and Shelton Adams. Peter Berg and Zach Coe did not. Coe was one of the lone bright spots of the day finishing with a 91. He and freshmen Ethan Smith (99) were the only two Devils to stay below triple digits.”Ethan Smith is looking for a berth on the regional team,” Ewing said. “That would be pretty unusual for a freshmen to do, but the way he’s going he could be there. I think I’ve got those guys pretty well-chosen, but we’re going to go with whoever is hot. One or two of the guys’ stock is falling and his is rising.”Berg didn’t have too much of a drop-off from his Tuesday score of 103, carding a 107 on Wednesday. Sophomore Joel Ryan (115) and senior Chad Brower (113) rounded out the Eagle Valley five.The Devils finish off their three-day stretch of tournaments today at Craig. Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.comVail Colorado

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