Huskies fourth at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale |

Huskies fourth at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale

To Battle Mountain boys golf coach Cassie Desmone, the Huskies fourth-place finish at the 12-team River Valley Ranch invitational in Carbondale Monday was a wash of emotions.Desmone was pumped about the Huskies strong showing, which was keyed by stellar rounds from seniors Clint Wilson (76) and Austin Chow (78). At the same time, she was somewhat dissatisfied with fourth since she felt her team of five could have done even better. “I thought actually that we would score a lot lower to be quite honest,” Desmone said. “That was our best team score yet, but they weren’t sinking their puts for the birdies.”The coach had a hypothesis, however, as to why her team might have been a little bit rattled heading into Monday’s round. Tee times were supposed to begin in 20-minute intervals starting at 7:50 a.m., but when the team showed up at seven in the morning to get warmed up, officials told the players to get to the tee boxes as soon as possible.”It was a little disorganized,” Desmone said. “To have to start playing earlier than expected, I’m guessing it affected them a little bit mentally.”Following up Wilson and Chow’s sub-80 rounds for the Huskies were Wilson’s sophomore brother, Clay, who carded an 83, senior Andrew Woodruff who shot an 89 and freshman Zach Dominico who finished with 93 strokes.”The course was beautiful,” Desmone said. “It was in great shape. It was tight in spots, but overall they should have scored a lot better. They weren’t reading the greens right and the greens weren’t breaking at all.”Devils have a tough dayEagle Valley junior Ben Morris continued his solid play Monday at River Valley Ranch, finishing up his round of 18 with a score of 81. The three other Devils to take on the 6,597-yard track didn’t fare so well. Or, as coach Glen Ewing quipped, David Earl’s 96, Zach Coe’s 98 and Shelton Adams’ 98 were “reasonable” showings.”David and Shelton, this was their first tournament ever,” Ewing said. “For both of them to break 100’s, that’s pretty reasonable.”Zach had a little bit of an off day, and it could be because of me because I mentioned to him early I wanted him to go for it. He’d been shooting really well and I told him not to be conservative on this particular day. And, he wasn’t.”After five tournaments, Morris’s average score is 82, while Coe remains in the low 90s with an average of 94.4.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at

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