Devils, Huskies get solid play in opening tourney
BATTLEMENT MESA ” Bryan Brennan wasn’t reaching many greens in regulation Thursday, but he wasn’t spending much time on them either. The Eagle Valley golfer had 29 putts en route to shooting a 79 at the Battlement Mesa
“I wasn’t hitting the greens, but I was chipping close and getting one putts,” Brennan said. “I got lucky on a few. I usually have putts in the high 30s.”
Brennan had the top round for the Devils, who finished with a team score of 254, two shots ahead of Battle Mountain. Aspen finished one shot ahead of Eagle Valley.
“That’s good for us,” said Eagle Valley coach Glen Ewing. “It’s good to get somebody in the 70s and a couple of guys in the 80s. That’s what we were hoping for. We’re starting out in pretty good shape.”
The other two scorers for Eagle Valley were Jamison Bair (86) and Bryan Matthews (89), while Jake Lammert (94) and Chris Lammert (96) rounded out those who made the trip.
Battle Mountain also packed in its top three, with Matt Barry and Clay Wilson (84) tying for the top spot and Cameron Brown (88) close behind. Diego Gaspar shot a 90, and Zach Domenico posted a 95.
“Overall, we did better than we thought (we would),” said Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone. “They weren’t even playing their game, and (256) is not a bad team score. I think we’re going to do quite well (this year), actually.”
Wilson rebounded from a 45 on the front and had an impressive back nine.
“I had one par, and that was it. I couldn’t get my tee shots to go straight,” Wilson said of his first nine holes.
Desmone was happy with how some of her golfers shook off early jitters to finish strong.
“They did not give up even though they had some horrible shots,” Desmone said. “They went on and had some good shots.”
And while the Huskies had trouble with some drives, they made amends with their irons.
“Their approach shots were really good today. I was pleased with that,” Desmone said.
Brown, a freshman for the Huskies, had a consistent round.
“I didn’t know what to expect (from him),” Desmone said. “It was a course he’s never played and a pretty tough course. (His round) wasn’t bad at all.”
Bair wasn’t happy with the way he was hitting his irons, so he decided to take a swing from the other side of the ball.
One of the right-handed golfer’s drives landed in a bush about a foot off the ground and next to a large rock. Bair decided to take a swipe at the ball left-handed with his right-handed club facing upside down.
“That was my best shot of the day,” Bair said. “I knew Glen would be mad at me, but I was glad he wasn’t there.”
And while Bair got a good look at his ball from another angle on the fairway, Domenico had trouble getting a good look at his ball from any direction on the green.
“The (greens) made the putt look different,” Domenico said. “You could look at it from any angle, and the ball would go the opposite way.”
Eagle Valley will send a mix of players to four different tournaments next week. The Huskies will join the Devils on at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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