Eagle Valley’s Nevin plays at state golf meet
Vail, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Officials at the state tournament played tricks on the golfers.
In Sunday’s practice round, the greens were manageable. On Monday and Tuesday, they couldn’t have been faster.
Eagle Valley’s Mikaela Nevin did her best to tame the lightning-quick greens, shooting a 106-106 to finish with a two-day score of 212. Nevin took 70th place at the Patty Jewett Course in Colorado Springs.
“She hit the ball well pretty well both days,” Eagle Valley coach Charly Hoehn said. “The greens were lightning fast. We haven’t played on greens that fast all season.”
The problem for Nevin wasn’t her ball striking. Most of her strokes came around the green. One misread or bad putt spelled trouble.
“It was really frustrating,” Nevin said. “You’d get up to the greens in two and if you hit it slightly long it went way past the hole.
“I was hitting all my irons and my drives really good. But, my putting kind of killed me.”
Still, it was a good experience playing at state. Nevin was listed as a first-alternate for the event after she shot a 98 at regionals. When a Glenwood Springs golfer dropped out last week, Nevin was in the field.
“Mikaela was really excited,” Hoehn said. “I was excited for her.”
Only a sophomore, the experience of playing at state could prove invaluable for Nevin. With two more years to tee it up, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nevin’s name climb up the leaderboard at state.
“It was a stepping stone,” Nevin said. “It was awesome to make it. It was a great experience. I can build on that and know I can play with those girls.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.