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Devils hope to lower scores with experience

Ian Cropp
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So much for graduation and retirement. The Eagle Valley Devils return the core of its golf squad, as well as its coach – Glen Ewing.While Ewing had hoped to step down as the boy’s golf coach after last year, he wasn’t able to find a replacement. Still, Ewing couldn’t be happier to lead the boys on the course this year.”I’m not resenting being here because they are such a good group of guys,” Ewing said.And Ewing is just as excited about the team’s prospects.”This should be one of the strongest teams we’ve ever fielded,” Ewing said. “We have three guys shooting in the 80’s, two close to the 80’s and a lot of guys in reserve who can get there.”

Eagle Valley returns its top three from last year, in Bryan Brennan, Ethan Smith and Jamison Bair, as well as a core group of experienced golfers in Jake Lammert, Bryan Matthews and Chris Brubeck.The team lost some experience with the graduation of Zach Coe and Sheldon Adams, but Ewing expects some of the younger talent to lead the team again.”Kids that were doing well last year were freshman and sophomores,” Ewing said.New bloodWith the Devils retaining most of their starters, it may be tough for some of the incoming freshman, who include Kevin Strough and Evan Buzbee, to earn top spots.

“I don’t expect any of the freshman to be in the top six this year,” Ewing said. “But we are going to give them a lot of opportunities to play, though. If they don’t get in there and play, they’ll lose interest.”Ewing is happy with the work his kids have put in during the summer.”We’ve had a couple of guys who’ve broken into the 70’s (in tournaments),” Ewing said. “That’s part of the reason they are playing well. They are willing to be competitive in the summertime, and they have unbelievably supportive parents.”The Devils started tryouts Monday at their home course, the Cotton Ranch Golf Club.Eagle Valley starts its season today at Battlement Mesa. Brennan, Lammert and Brubeck will be teeing off for the Devils.

Ewing hopes that his team can set the tone for the future. “I think the Western Slope teams will understand that Eagle Valley will be for real and this year and next year,” Ewing said.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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