Huskies sixth at Devil’s Thumb
DELTA ” One day he’s hitting golf ball. Another day, he’s hopefully hitting quarterbacks and running backs.
Matt Barry, a Vail Christian senior, led Battle Mountain with an 80 at Wednesday’s tournament at Devil’s Thumb in Delta, helping the Huskies boys’ golf team to a sixth-place finish (245 strokes) out of 19 teams.
All and all, it was a very good day for Barry, who will be starting as a defensive end for the Saints in their opener Saturday at Mountain Valley.
“Golf’s one of my passions,” Barry said. “Football’s getting there. I wanted to come out my senior year and play (football). Golf season’s short, but it’s working out well with a few tournaments under my belt.”
Barry used his short game to shave strokes. He said it was his chipping and putting that made the difference Wednesday.
Cameron Brown (80), Dustin Martin (82), John Ryan Melzer (85) and Barrett Chow (87) benefited from a session from Eagle-Vail’s Chris Schafer Tuesday at the range.
The Huskies also handled a long day both with the drive to Delta and 6-hour round.
“They had to wait on every tee box,” Desmone said. “They maintained themselves well. There was a lot of Poison being played out there.”
For the uninitiated, Poison is a game where golfers waiting at the tee try to putt or chip the ball with their drivers off the tee markers to avoid getting distracted by delays.
Matthews hurt; Devils seventh
Eagle Valley junior Bryan Matthews was on target for a below-80 round Wednesday before he hit his tee shot on the first hole ” his 15th of the day during a shotgun start ” at Devil’s Thumb.
He swung and crumpled to the ground, apparently injuring his left shoulder blade.
“He just collapsed,” Devils assistant coach Tom Buzbee said. “He said he heard a snap, crackle and pop in his left shoulder blade.”
Matthews withdrew from the tournament and will be seeing the doctor today. Without their teammate, the Devils still had a good day, finishing seventh, one stroke behind the Huskies with a 246. But Matthews’ injury did put a damper on things.
“I had no idea until I got (done),” the Devils’ Brian Brennan said. “Hopefully, we have a week off for his arm to heal up.”
Brennan broke 80 with a 79 to lead Eagle Valley. Brennan was 2-over par through 10 holes, and picked up a birdie. But a triple bogey, followed by a double, at the end of his round hurt him late.
“Those were just score-ruining holes,” Brennan said. “I felt I played pretty well today.”
Freshman Austin Fahrenholtz continued to show that he’s not a fluke with a solid 83. He didn’t have the distance with his driver on the long Devil’s Thumb course, but more than made up for it with great long-iron play.
Jamison Bair (84) and Chris Brubeck (85) rounded out the scoring for the Devils.
The Devils and Huskies are at River Valley Ranch Tuesday.
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