Devils third, Huskies eighth in season opener
PARACHUTE ” Neither the Eagle Valley nor Battle Mountain boys golf teams were particularly pleased with their first showing of the season at Thursday’s Grand Valley Invitational at Battlement Mesa.
And that probably makes Devils coach Glen Ewing and his counterpart at Battle Mountain, Cassie Desmone, pretty pleased.
Eagle Valley’s Bryan Brennan and Battle Mountain’s Cameron Brown carded 82s to tie for sixth as individuals. The Devils ended up third with 250 strokes behind Basalt (244) and Rifle (249). The Huskies were eighth at 261.
Not bad after a busy week of tryouts at Cotton Ranch and Eagle-Vail, respectively, but …
“Not very good at all,” Brennan said. “I started so badly, but I picked it up. My putting was terrible. That was my round in a nutshell. I’d rather do this now than in regionals. It’s good that I got it out of the way.”
“The putts weren’t falling for our guys,” Desmone said. “We need to work on our short game. We wasted some shots with our short irons.”
Bad putter or good putter?
The flat blade was a source of consternation in the opener for just about everybody but Brown. The sophomore deftly avoided the dreaded three-putt.
“I putted really well, which was surprising,” he said. “The greens were nice, and I got a good read off of them.”
Jamison Bair posted an 84 for Eagle Valley as did Brian Matthews. Though not impacting the team score, Chris Brubeck fired an 86, a career best.
Despite a solid start, Ewing sees his charges’ scores dipping as the season goes along.
“I expected us to a a bit better,” he said. “We’re absolutely loaded with talent.”
Battle Mountain’s Dustin Martin put up an 88. The Huskies’ Barrett Chow had a bad run-in with two bees on the course, and understandably sputtered to a 91.
Meet the teams
Eagle Valley has high hopes for 2007. Bair became the first boy in school history to qualify for the state tournament last year. With a bunch of returning players from last year’s team, Ewing hopes that Bair, if he can make it again, will have some company.
“I absolutely had the worst putting out of any tournament round for me,” Bair said. “My speed was absolutely horrendous. I had one one-putt and it was six inches.
“We thought we’d place first or second in our first tournament. We’re not happy with third,” he said.
Consider it motivation for the Devils, which also includes Jake Lammert, Ethan Smith, Cooper Adams, Kevin Stough, Evan Buzbee, Jalen Aquino, Dustin Aruello, Stuart Rassmussen, Austin Fahrenholtz and Westin Blevins.
The Huskies can call on John Ryan Melzer, Sam Sterling, Matthew Barry, Ryan Maddux, Diego Gaspar, Geoffrey Funk, Colton Becker, Steffan Sterrit, Adam Jorck, William Thompson, Dillon McDonald and Cristhian Ravelo as well.
Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain are back at it today at 8 a.m. at The Hill in Glenwood Springs.