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Gaspar, Huskies win in Glenwood Springs

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One of the oldest jokes in golf is that only God can hit a 1-iron.

While he has no other-worldly aspirations, Battle Mountain’s Diego Garcia found his 1-iron quite useful Friday at The Hill in Glenwood Springs.

“It was my brother’s,” Gaspar said. “I was just hitting it every other swing. It actually worked out great. It was a great replacement hybrid for me.”

Garcia used his 1-iron in all facets of his game and won the Glenwood Invitational Golf Tournament with a 76. Battle Mountain finished first with a score of 235, while two separate Eagle Valley squads finished in a tie for fifth and seventh.

“It felt pretty good,” Gaspar said. “It wasn’t that surprising. What was more surprising was that I was playing how I was supposed to for the first time.”

Gaspar pocketed two birdies and tightened up his short game to beat the field.

“Diego’s been practicing very hard this summer,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “He’s always had a nice long driver. In the past, his troubles have been with his putting. He’s been working on that and it made all the difference.”

John Ryan Melzer posted a career-best 78 and Barrett Chow came down 10 strokes from Thursday’s outing with an 81.

Fahrenholtz leads Devils

Eagle Valley coach Glen Ewing used Friday to get a look at his youngsters and Austin Fahrenholtz certainly impressed.

The freshman carded an 81 in his high school debut.

“We are not worthy of the skill that Austin has,” Glen Ewing joked. “We stood him up on a chair and did three ‘We are not worthy’ chants.'”

Fahrenholtz did a nice job of keeping it simple on The Hill’s tree-lined layout.

“You get in the trees and you’re toast,” Ewing said. “He was dead straight. He didn’t try to over-hit the ball. He had good drives, good approaches and was smart about managing the course.”

For the Devils who had two teams in the tournament, Ethan Smith posted a 94 with Dustin Aruello (95) right behind. Stuart Rassmussen (97), Cooper Adams (105) and Westin Blevins (134) rounded out the scoring.

The Huskies and Devils are at Bookcliff in Grand Junction on Monday.

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