Eagle Valley’s Nevin a first alternate for state golf tournament
Vail, CO Colorado
MONTROSE, Colorado ” A tricky, 8-foot putt was all the stood between Mikaela Nevin and a possible berth in the state golf tournament.
The Eagle Valley sophomore picked a good line and struck it true. Unfortunately, the fickle golf gods had other plans. The ball did everything but fall in the cup.
Nevin settled for a 98 at regionals at the Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, but her chance to play again is not lost. She is the first alternate to play at the state tournament at the Patty Jewett course in Colorado Springs on May 18. Should any golfer drop out of the field, Nevin’s in.
“That would be awesome,” Nevin said. “That would be so cool.”
Early during her round at Cobble Creek, it looked like Nevin would cruise to state. She parred the first hole and held firm until No. 8. That’s where she ran into trouble.
Nevin carded big numbers on Nos. 8, 9 and 10 but it didn’t ruin her round.
“I hit a pretty bad patch right there,” Nevin said. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m not going to end like that.’ I pulled it together and finished pretty good.”
After regrouping, Nevin pushed toward her goal of making the state tournament. On No. 18, she needed to make par for a 97 that would have put her in a playoff with a state berth on the line. She didn’t know at the time that the putt held so much significance, but she and her coach had an inkling.
“She had a pretty good idea,” Eagle Valley coach Charly Hoehn said. “The thought was if these girls broke 100, they had a good shot at making state.”
Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for Nevin, at least not yet. Hoehn said she didn’t know when CHSAA would let her know if Nevin would be included in the field or not, but they should be ready.
Nevin’s chances of making state are pretty good. In the fall, the Devils’ Bryan Brennan teed it up at state after being an alternate.
Credit Nevin, Rachel Landin and Emily Boyd for sticking it out through a tough season. As usual, snow wrecked havoc on the Devils plans to play in a number of tournaments. When Eagle Valley did tee it up, often it was without any practice time.
“Even if we did get to practice, it was really windy,” Hoehn said. “It snowed. Half of the tournaments got canceled. We couldn’t get in a groove at all.”
Still, the Devils showed improvement. Nevin came back from a knee injury she suffered during basketball season and excelled.
“We lost her for half the season,” Hoehn said. “She came back having to wear a knee-brace. She jumped into the first tournament with barely any practice time. Her swing is awesome.”
Landin started the year shooting in the 130s. At regionals, she fired her best round of the season with a 105.
“She put in a lot of time and effort,” Hoehn said. “She would come down and chip and putt before practice even started.”
Boyd was struggling through swing changes at regionals, but the senior persevered to finish the round.
“She’s been our rock,” Hoehn said. “She’s stayed with the program since her freshman year. She was fighting swing changes at regionals. I was proud of her that she stayed in there and finished the round.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.