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Eagle Valley plays its best golf of the season at Delta

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

DELTA, Colorado ” It’s all starting to come together for the Eagle Valley golf team.

On Wednesday, the Devils compiled their best performance of the season. Three Eagle Valley players cracked 80, and the Devils finished in second place with 233 strokes at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta. Battle Mountain was also in action, taking sixth with 245 shots.

Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee has been preaching course management to his golfers all season. The message is starting to sink in. Devil’s Thumb has a number of holes where an errant shot can balloon a score in a hurry. That wasn’t a problem for the Devils.

Bryan Matthews led Eagle Valley with a 77. Jamison Bair and Austin Fahrenholtz each carded 78s to account for the 233 strokes.

“It was really good,” Matthews said. “Austin Fahrenholtz has been playing really well lately. It was nice to have him with us, contending for a low score. Today, all of us just came together. With Jamison back in the groove of things, he is shooting better.”

The past few tournaments, the Devils played on challenging courses with fast greens. Devil’s Thumb gave them a little bit of a break with the flat stick Wednesday. The greens were much slower than Eagle Valley had recently seen. The slower pace helped the golfers read the greens better and putt the best they have all season.

“I was putting really well,” Matthews said. “I think I had 31 putts overall. It just felt good today. I didn’t have to think a whole lot. I just stepped up and tried to do it.”

Cooper Adams nearly pulled off another round under 80 for the Devils on Wednesday. Playing for the Eagle Valley JV red team, Adams fired an 82. Jalen Aquino and Evan Buzbee each shot an 86 to help the red squad to a 252 total and ninth-place finish.

“There are possibly eight or nine guys capable of going sub-80,” Tom Buzbee said. “Then we got three of them on the same day. Everybody is feeling really well right now.”

Brown leads Battle Mountain

Cameron Brown didn’t have his best stuff on Wednesday, but it was still good enough to shoot a 79. Brown finished the first three holes at 5-over-par. The junior regrouped to finish only 7-over for his round.

“You have to hit the ball where it’s supposed to be hit (at Devil’s Thumb),” Brown said. “I didn’t do that today. I had no swing, no groove.”

Geoff Funk shot an 81 for the Huskies. Diego Gaspar and Edgar Gaspar both had 85s. Dustin Martin finished with an 86.

Eagle Valley is back in action today at Montrose.

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

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