Huskies, Saints, VMS in hunt at Gypsum Creek
Eagle Valley Invitational
1. Steamboat Springs 230; 2. Cortez 234; 3. Montrose 235; 4. Battle Mountain 242; 5. Summit County 245; 6. Durango 247; T7. Rifle 248; T7 Palisade 248; 9. Delta 253; 10. Eagle Valley 258; 11. Moffat County 277.
1. Vail Mountain 242; 2. Vail Christian 244; 3. Basalt 245; 4. Aspen 247; 5. Coal Ridge 260; 6. Gunnison 281; 7. Rangely 288; 8. Teluride 324; 9. Grand Valley 335; 10. Cedaredge, 342.
Battle Mountain — Taylor Peel 79; Michael Thompson 81; Lukas Kern 82.
Eagle Valley — Justin Hollis 84, Kyatt Johnson 85; Tanner Caldarola 89.
Vail Mountain — Oliver Pesso 80; Ben Baron 90; Harrison Alonzo 82.
Vail Christian — Cooper Gould 78; Parker Poage 79; Christian Bohren 86.
GYPSUM — If Wednesday’s Eagle Valley Invite golf tournament is anything like what regionals might be like, let’s go.
Sept. 17 — Gypsum Creek Golf Course, be there.
On the 4A front, Battle Mountain finished fourth and had some scores which might punch a ticket or two to state, while Eagle Valley defended its home course nicely. The 3A race continues to bubble with intrigue. Vail Mountain nipped Vail Christian, 242-244, Wednesday, with Basalt (245) and Aspen (247) right behind.
And your leader in the clubhouse for 4A Western Slope top honors is Cortez’s Hayden Plewe. The kid may be from the Four Corners, but one has to give it up for a 71. The top score in 3A? Well, it’s a nice mess. Vail Christian’s Cooper Gould and Basalt’s Tristan Rohrbaugh and Peter Steckler all carded 78s, and, as we’ll see, there’s a lot of local flavoring just off that number.
Most of VMS is in that category. All five Gore Rangers were in the 80s. Oliver Pesso had an 80, as did Ben Barron. For Barron, that’s a tournament best. Harrison Alonzo finished with an 82 for the team’s three scorers. Alonzo hit the stick for a near ace on his last hole of the of the day, No. 3.
This is a convenient way of working in the fact that Battle Mountain’s Tanner Crisofulli actually did have an ace on No. 7 on Monday at Lakota Canyon. That was a 9-iron for 180 yards. According to sources, he did not buy the Huskies Cokes. (Get on that, young man.)
Back to VMS, Sean Weller came home in 87, followed by Dylan Hardenbergh. Of the 23 teams among 4A and 3A, the Gore Rangers were just one of three squads (Steamboat and Cortez, who went 1-2 in 4A) to have their varsity crew at 90 and fewer.
“All the varsity players have been bouncing back from frustrating holes amazingly well,” VMS coach Ross Sappenfield said. “They have incredible resilience. The word I love to use is grit. This is a gritty team.”
And if VMS goes on to greater glory, will the film about the Gore Rangers star John Wayne? Just asking.
Speaking of grit, Vail Christian’s Parker Poage showed that quality in spades Wednesday. Poage had a nightmare of a 96 at Eagle-Vail on Tuesday. After possibly spending the night in the fetal position, murmuring, “Red-rum, red-run,” Poage was back in fine form with a 79. Gould led the Saints with 78, while Christian Bohren had an 86.
Battle Mountain’s Taylor Peel made it two days in a row in the 70s with a 79. The Huskies’ Michael Thompson logged one of his best varsity rounds (81) and Lukas Kern also had a serious bounce-back day with an 82. That was 14 strokes better than his round Tuesday at Eagle-Vail.
“We did pretty well,” Huskies coach Cassie Desmone said. “We could have a couple of individuals make (it to) state with those scores.”
For the host Devils, it was Justin Hollis (84), Kyatt Johnson (85) and Tanner Caldarola (89).
“I like those three scores,” said Devils coach Tom Buzbee, who gets a gold star for hosting a tournament with 22 teams. “We’ll take them to Rifle and then readjust the scoring averages. Those three names, they seem to be able to protect their spots on varsity.”
The marathon of four tournaments in as many days concludes today at Rifle.
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