Huskies golf dominates home tournament
EAGLE-VAIL – Baseball’s All-Star Game has become a battle for coveted home-field advantage and, when the Battle Mountain golf team showed up to the Eagle-Vail Golf Club Tuesday morning, it knew the course was on its side.
The Huskies varsity team won by 28 strokes with a 229, and the junior varsity shot the third-best score with a 269.
Austin Chow led the Huskies with a 75, Clint Wilson and Matt Nichols tied for second with 77s.
“The scores were all right, but it’s no reflection of how they can play, to be quite honest,” said Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone. “Of course, we’re pleased, but the guys definitely aren’t.”
Battle Mountain’s Chad Rush shot a 79, despite issues with his driver.
Rush and Nichols are in a tense competition for the fourth and final spot on the Huskies’ regional team.
Rush has to shoot in the high 70s or low 80s to earn the spot Friday at Rifle.
“I felt pretty good today. I had to play safe because I couldn’t hit driver, but my short game was exactly where I want it to be,” said Rush, who is a senior. “I think I shot an 84 last time at Rifle. As long as I can get my driver straightened out, I’ll be all right.”
Roaring Fork took second in Tuesday’s tournament with a team score of 257. Glenwood Springs took fourth with a 277. Moffat County took fifth with a 280. Eagle Valley placed sixth with a 314.
The Vail Mountain School only brought two players, so it couldn’t score as a team – three scores are necessary to compete as a team. Ben Cope shot a 93 for the Gore Rangers, and Conch Beery shot a 110.
Rifle was unable to make it to the tournament, due to the mudslides in Glenwood Canyon.
“This course was brutal,” said Eagle Valley coach Glen Ewing. “We’re really looking forward to playing Eagle Ranch tomorrow. It’s a course we’re more familiar with, and, hopefully, it won’t be as wet. But, we enjoyed playing the Eagle-Vail. The course is in prime shape.”
Peter Berg led the Devils with a 90.
“I played well on the front with a 39, but I fell apart on the back,” said Berg. “The course played hard with how wet it was. I hit a drive on 18 that plugged in the fairway.”
Zach Coe shot a 105 for the Devils.
“No. 2 was one of my better holes,” said Coe. “I killed a drive about 290 to 300 yards, hit a soft sand wedge in and ended up with par.”
Shelton Adams shot a 119.
The Huskies and the Devils play at Eagle Ranch today at Eagle Valley’s tournament, beginning at 10 a.m.
Devils soccer falls to Aspen
Tom Migchelbrink did all he could to push Eagle Valley soccer past Aspen Tuesday, but the senior captain’s two unassisted goals weren’t enough.
The Devils lost 4-2 at Aspen.
“We didn’t play very well,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “We were off today, but we’re looking forward to hosting Aspen in our home town.”
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