Huskies’ Horn, Vail Christian impress at VMS Invite
Regionals next week
VAIL — Battle Mountain golfer Wyatt Horn doesn’t know if he’s going to be in the lineup for the regional tournament next week, but he certainly didn’t hurt his chances Tuesday at the Vail Golf Club.
The sophomore carded a 78 winning the Vail Mountain School Invitational.
“I still don’t know if I’m going to regionals, but I feel confident right now,” Horn said.
Regionals for 4A Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley are at Overland Park in Denver, while 3A Vail Mountain and Vail Christian head to Aspen.
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Whether Horn is going to the postseason or not, he finished the regular season in style at Vail. He said that mostly he stuffed his driver in the bag, opting for a 3-wood off the tee. He was pleased with his ability to scramble around the greens and birdied Nos. 11 and 12.
Those tweeters came in handy as Horn and Summit County’s Ryley Cibuta both finished with 6-over 77s. In high school golf, with the exception of the postseason, it’s a scorecard playoff. Horn shot a 38 to Cibuta’s 39 on the back nine, so the Huskies sophomore, whose favorite course is Frost Creek in Eagle, left the Vail Golf Club with the first-place medal around his neck.
Tuesday’s tournament scored four golfers from each team, a rarity when most tournaments score three. Steamboat Springs came away with the team title, but the biggest mover likely was Vail Christian.
Using the traditional three-scorer model that will be in place at next week’s regional in Aspen, the Saints had Connor Downey in fourth place with a 79, Quinn Downey at 88 and Oscar Rawlings at 95.
That puts the Saints in the hunt next week. As for Connor Downey, count him as a big fan of the Vail Golf Club.
“I had a good group,” Downey said. “I was playing with one of my friends, (Eagle Valley’s) Van (Bullock). So it was relaxed. I love Vail. I don’t know why, but I love it. I just had fun and that works.”
Downey said that his key Tuesday was that he was more precise in his approaches to greens with his irons and wedges.
Felix Gruner led the host Gore Rangers, while Gunther Solvedt went low for Eagle Valley. Both carded 84s.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.