Golfers battle Vail, weather |

Golfers battle Vail, weather

SPT Alonzo 1 KA 9-6-11

VAIL – If it’s nae rain and nae wind then it’s nae golf.

Well, Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Vail Christian and Vail Mountain definitely got the rain part of that old Scottish adage down Tuesday at the Vail Golf Club.

With a steady downpour and chilly temperatures, scores rose – Aspen’s Jesse Beetham won with a 78 and the top local was Battle Mountain’s Andrew Sady at 80. Yet as unpleasant as it likely was, there’s something to be said for having a weather round or two under one’s belt.

Battle Mountain alumnus Cameron Brown was checking out his former team Tuesday, and his presence was a good reminder of what can happen.

“Cameron was talking about the Steamboat trip,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said with a laugh.

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Said trip to Haymaker was Sept. 22, 2009, when the 4A Western Slope Regional saw temperatures in 30s and some snow flurries. (Brown won the tournament that day.) Just in case you’re wondering 3A and 4A regionals are in Rifle Sept. 20. The 4A state comes to Pelican Lakes in Windsor, while 3A state is at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison on Oct. 3-4. Rain is certainly possible for the first two and Gunnison in early-October could be an adventure.

So call Tuesday’s water-logged round a learning experience.

“You’ve got to bring weather gear, and umbrella and extra towels,” Eagle Valley coach Ryan Sappenfield said. “Some of the guys were quite prepared and that was reflected in the scoring.”

The average score was a whopping 90 Tuesday.

“This was a day to grind it out,” VMS coach Ross Sappenfield said. “Clubs were literally flying out of guys’ hand. I saw Jack Geddes throw a club and it was not in anger.”

Keeping a grip was difficult, but Sady led the Huskies to a second-place finish. Brady McDonald carded an 84 and Collin Hansen an 85. The Saints were in good hands in fourth with Parker Poage (83), Cooper Gould (84) and Tony Clark and Kevin Boselli both at 89.

Hayden Floyd topped the Devils with 85 with Mitchell Nevin at 86, while Jimmy Pritchard and Cooper Senn both had 91s. VMS’ Harrison had a solid 83, followed by Geddes and Christian Bohren at 93.

Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley head north to Yampa today, and all four schools will be back in action next week at Aspen.

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