Devils tie Skiers at Battle Mountain Invite
EAGLE-VAIL ” A home course doesn’t always give members bounces. The Battle Mountain golf team couldn’t get things rolling in its home tournament Wednesday.
Eagle Valley and Aspen tied for first in the five-team field with scores of 255. With all the golfers in the clubhouse, Aspen was poised to win until a scorecard mistake led to the disqualification of an Aspen golfer.
The Devils’ win was their second in as many tournaments.
“Even though it came down to a rule, it worked,” joked Eagle Valley coach Glen Ewing. “We are doing well, even though the scores are a bit higher. We were playing at Eagle-Vail, remember.”
Only one golfer broke 80 ” Aspen’s Matt Butler.
Battle Mountain’s Clay Wilson was poised to finish in the 70s but found some trouble on No. 16.
“My second shot hit the trees, and I took an unplayable,” Wilson said.
From there, Wilson ran into more trouble and took a while to find the hole. Wilson, who led his team with an 84, got consistent play out of every club in his bag except his putter.
“All my drives were perfect. My irons were perfect. I was hitting the ball perfectly,” Wilson said. “I just couldn’t putt. On the first four holes I missed par putts by 2 feet.”
Even though Wilson wasn’t thrilled with his score, he knows it will just take a little practice to shave off several strokes.
“I would have shot in the 70s if I made some putts. When the worst part of your game is not making putts, that’s OK,” Wilson said.
Eagle Valley’s Jamison Bair rebounded from a 50 on the front nine to shoot a 1-under 35 on the more difficult back.
“The front nine just ate me up,” Bair said. “I didn’t care much about the back. I guess I didn’t think about it. Maybe from now on, I’ll just play without thinking.”
Bryan Brennan led the Devils with an 84.
“I was crushing my driver, but in the wrong directions,” Brennan said. “I’m going to take (Thursday’s tournament) a lot more seriously.”
Eagle Valley hosts several teams, including Battle Mountain, today at Cotton Ranch.
Bryan Matthews rounded out the scoring for the Devils with an 86.
“My drives were pretty accurate,” Matthews said. “I only missed three fairways. The greens were trouble on the back nine.”
Apparently Battle Mountain’s Barrett Chow didn’t get enough golf in during Wednesday’s tournament. After Chow shot an 88, he set up a tee time with some friends to play a round at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree.
“Singletree always treats me better because their greens are faster,” Chow joked.
Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone was pleased with Chow’s round at Eagle-Vail.
“That’s what he normally shoots,” Desmone said.
Two days after shooting a 77 at Rifle Creek, Cameron Brown had a 91 for the Huskies.
For today’s tournament, Ewing was cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances at home.
“Everything is up in the air at Cotton Ranch,” Ewing said. “It can always be an interesting experience there.”
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