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Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain hit the road

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEagle Valley's Nick Bontempo tees off in action on Monday in Glenwood. Bontempo led the Devils on Monday with an 83, and on Tuesday with an 86.

RIFLE, Colorado ” True to his word, Eagle Valley golf coach Tom Buzbee is giving all of his golfers a chance to shine this season. A number of golfers are responding to the challenge.

Eagle Valley left its top two-teams at home Monday and Tuesday, instead taking its white and silver squads to tournaments. On Monday, the Eagle Valley white team placed sixth at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course with a team score of 265. Battle Mountain also played in the event, finishing in third place with a 255.

Eagle Valley bettered its showing on Tuesday, taking fourth at the Rifle Invitational with a 274. The Devils’ silver team placed sixth with a 290.

Nick Bontempo showed Buzbee what he is capable of the last two days. In both tournaments, Bontempo paced the Devils. He shot an 83 at Glenwood, and a more impressive 86 at Rifle.

Taylor Sanchez did well for the white squad on Monday, firing an 87. Stuart Rasmussen shot a 90 to round out the white team’s scores that counted toward the 265 total at Glenwood.

The silver team also had a few good performances. James Sanchez notched a 78 to lead the silver. Derek Kaspar carded a 93, and Cooper Senn had a 94.

Battle Mountain’s Edgar Gaspar kept up his impressive play with an 81 at Glenwood. Last week, Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone said Gaspar is likely to produce the third score for the Huskies to team with Cameron Brown and Dustin Martin this season.

Geoff Funk finished with an 86 for the Huskies on Monday. Diego Gaspar had an 88 to round out Battle Mountain’s scores.

The totals got a little higher for Eagle Valley at Rifle, but the white team was still able to place fourth overall. Coulter backed Bontempo’s 86 with a 92 of his own. Rasmussen finished with a 96. Sanchez took a 97 and Alec Sterkel a 99 for the white squad.

Senn paced the silver team with a 92. Derek Kasper, Jimmy Pritchard and Westin Blevins all carded a 99 on Tuesday.

Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain are back in action today at Devil’s Thumb in Delta.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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