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Eagle Valley takes third at Battlement Mesa

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Competition is a good thing ” especially for the Eagle Valley golf team.

The Devils started their 2008 campaign on Thursday at Battlement Mesa, carding a 252 for third place. Steamboat topped the 12-team field with 244 strokes. Even with the solid performance, members of the varsity ” or black team ” are being pushed by JV ” or red team ” players.

“I’d say it was an average performance for our five seniors with a couple of bright spots,” coach Tom Buzbee said. “These juniors are lurking right behind them.”

Bryan Brennan carded an 81 to lead Eagle Valley. The score was good enough for third place overall, but left the senior searching for more.

“My score wasn’t too bad, but I didn’t connect drives and second shots,” Brennan said. “I couldn’t get up and down very much. I made a couple of birdies that saved me.”

Bryan Matthews was right behind Brennan with an 83. Austin Fahrenholtz, new to the black team this tournament, rounded out the varsity scores with an 88. Chris Brubeck also shot an 88 for the black team.

“Our whole team can do better,” Brennan said. “I know I can be in the low 70s. Our team is good this year. I think we’ll be one of the best teams out there.”

A pair of Eagle Valley juniors finished with good scores on Thursday, as well. Kevin Stough had an 82 and Evan Buzbee finished with an 86 for the red squad. The two scores were the best both have shot in competition.

“Kevin is almost a magician around the green,” Tom Buzbee said. “Evan has worked hard on his short game and has worked hard on his game ” no big numbers. That’s key. No big numbers to ruin your day.”

Members of the JV squad are making the varsity take notice. The deep Eagle Valley squad has 20 players, many of which are capable of competing at the varsity level.

“I’m glad to see the guys on JV are beating some of the varsity,” Brennan said. “That pushes me and it pushes the team, also.”

The black team will be back in action again on Monday at Brookecliff. The course will test the Devils golfers with 13 holes that have water hazards.

“The guys that control the ball and think will do well,” Buzbee said. “It’s a humbling golf course, but they are kind of used to that.”

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

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