Huskies golf falls at regionals
“You don’t know what to say. There isn’t anything to say,” Huskies golf coach Cassie Desmone said. “All you have to do is look at each other to feel it. There are no words to make it better.”
In time, there will be. But for now, the fact remains that Battle Mountain boys golf finished third at at the Haymaker Golf Club at the 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament, two strokes out of a state berth. Host Steamboat won the title with a score of 229, followed by Rifle at 236. Battle Mountain finished with a 238.
Compounding matters, Battle Mountain’s Ben Vancuren and Keith Denton had to battle it out with Palisade’s Willie Edwards in a playoff for the sixth and final individual berth at state. Edwards parred the 15th, while Vancuren and Denton both bogeyed the hole, leaving the two as first and second alternates, respectively, for the state tourney.
“I hated to see those two in a playoff,” Desmone said. “I was thinking, “Please, let there be two spots.'”
Vancuren and Denton finished with 78’s on a blustery and wet day at Haymaker. Clint Wilson followed with an 80. Austin Chow rounded things out with an 86.
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise strong season for the Huskies, who won tournaments at Catamount and in Eagle-Vail.
“We’ve had a great season,” Desmone said. “I’m looking forward to next season with Keith and Austin and Clint coming back. You can’t look back. You’ve always got to look forward.”