Huskies finish second at Eagle-Vail
EAGLE-VAIL – Maybe it was the wind. Or, maybe it was the fast greens. Or, staying up too late to watch the Broncos highlights on Sportscenter after the game Sunday night. Whatever it was, the Battle Mountain Huskies had an off day on their home links at Eagle-Vail Monday, finishing runner-up to Steamboat Springs in their own Husky Invitational with a team score of 244.The Sailors team – which has been Battle Mountain’s chief rival so far this year – carded a 230.Coach Cassie Desmone’s players were noticeably disappointed with second place after having won their tournament the previous three years – especially senior Austin Chow who had the best round at last year’s tourney with a 74 but finished back in the pack Monday with a 79.
“I mean, it’s our home course, so you would expect for us to have the lowest score out there,” Chow said. “Things just didn’t work out. The (shots) just weren’t falling.”Chow didn’t make any excuses for his disappointing day in which he tied with his senior teammate Clint Wilson for a score of seven over.Yes, there was the wind, which blew hard all day, and there was the disadvantage of not getting much coaching on the course from Desmone since she was busy running the tournament. But, Chow said, they still weren’t acceptable excuses.”I just didn’t score well,” he said. “I couldn’t put (the ball) really close to get an easy birdie and I couldn’t make the putt to have a long birdie. Nothing was falling for me. It was pretty consistent. “I was hoping to come in around even – a 72 or a 73, 74, somewhere in there – but just couldn’t hold it down. Once I was three over I was hoping to get a couple of birdies to get it back down and I just ended up getting par. I finished with a double (bogey) on the last hole.”
Wilson said that his biggest problem on Monday was his short game, which he couldn’t seem to reign in on the fast greens.”I couldn’t putt at all,” Wilson said. “Just misjudging the speed. There were a lot of three-putts. It was pretty windy, but still, I was hitting greens and then three-putting. I had a couple of birdies, but I would follow up those birdies with a three-putt.”Rough stuffIt was the same story for the other Huskies players, too. It wasn’t necessarily a bad day for Battle Mountain, but then again it wasn’t necessarily a good day, either.”I was disappointed when I saw the scores,” Desmone said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to go around and coach them because I was taking care of the tournament, which was a bit frustrating. It’s different when I’m out there coaching, and today they didn’t have any help. That was definitely a factor and it’s very unfortunate.”
Wilson’s sophomore brother Clay (86) and freshmen Zach Domenico (87) were the only other two Huskies golfers to break 90.The rest of the team’s final scores included a 90 from sophomore Nathan Howe, a 91 from senior Ben Domenico, a 97 from sophomore Jason Funk, a 98 from Mason Cullen, a 103 from Anthony Guyda and a 115 from junior Clark Simmons.Willy Edwards of Palisade and Tucker Smally of Steamboat Springs tied for the best round of the day with a score of 74. Team-wise, Fruita Monument finished two strokes behind the Huskies in third with a combined score of 244, Roaring Fork was fourth with a 263 and Palisade rounded out the top five with a 264.Eagle Valley finished in eighth place with 278 strokes and the Vail Mountain School rounded out the 12-team field with a score of 339. “We have to move on,” Desmone said. “All we’re thinking about now is regionals. We’re going to be working hard at practice, because we need to focus on having a strong showing there.”
Ewing’s predicamentEagle Valley coach Glen Ewing used Monday’s round at Eagle-Vail to try and sort out who he is going to take to regionals at Battlement Mesa Golf Course this Thursday to compete in a practice-round playoff for the fourth and final spot on his regional team.Ben Morris, Zach Coe and James Ewing have already earned their spots on the team based on their average scores throughout the season, but after that it’s a toss-up between senior Peter Berg, junior David Earle, junior Shelton Adams and freshmen Ethan Smith. Out of that latter group, Earle had the best round Monday for the Devils shooting an 88 compared to Adams’ 101. Smith and Berg didn’t play, but will compete for the fourth playoff spot Wednesday and Thursday.”David definitely led the team that was there for us today,” Ewing said. “I think they’ve all been playing reasonably well. After Ben, Zach and James we kick up to around 98. All of them are right there together.”
Sophomore Cat Donohus was another bright spot for Ewing’s team Monday, finishing just one stroke behind Earle with an 88. Chad Brower and Bill Nelson made up the rest of the Devils contingent and both finished with a score of 111.”I was very happy with what David and Cat shot,” Ewing said. “They were way below what their average has typically been. Cat’s average score hasn’t been good enough to qualify for that regional playoff team, but he’s only a sophomore. His maturity has come around and he’s going to be good for us next year.”David has struggled with his game on and off this year, having gone from a score of 127 to being in the eighties, but he’s definitely playing well now.”Both the Huskies and the Devils head to the 4A regional at Battlement Mesa Golf Club in Garfield County on Wednesday.Contact Nate Peterson at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.Vail Colorado