Huskies, third twice, look for a third
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Three is an important number these days for Battle Mountain golf.
The Huskies finished third at Bookcliff Monday and Tiara Rado Tuesday. That’s good, but what the Huskies really need is a third golfer to round things out with Cameron Brown and Dustin Martin.
That is the team’s homework assignment before hosting its home tourney at Eagle-Vail in a week. In the meantime, Brown and Martin have firmly established themselves as the 1-2 punch in the Huskies’ lineup.
Brown takes Bookcliff
Brown breezed Monday to his first high-school tournament win with a sizzling 2-under-par 70 at Bookcliff.
Putting was the story actually on both days for the junior. He had a mere 24 strokes with the flat blade on Monday. Two elements make for good putting and he had both going Monday ” good chipping and feel.
Among his many highlights Monday was a lip-out for eagle on hole No. 1 at Bookcliff ” actually his 10th hole of the day ” leaving an easy birdie tap-in.
“I was pretty excited because it was my first tournament (of the high school season),” said Brown, who did not play in the season opener at Battlement Mesa last week. “I felt it was going to be a pretty good day. I putted well on the practice green and felt it was going to be good.”
Since Brown made the team based on his results from last year, Huskies coach Cassie Desmone got to see him play up close for the first time this season, and really liked what she saw.
“He has such a nice beautiful swing,” she said. “He plays really smart. I am amazed by the improvement from last year. He was hitting the ball so well and putting so well.”
Golf is a fickle game, however, and Brown did not fare as well Tuesday on the greens of Tiara Rado to the tune of 38 putts, including five three-putts, on the way to what he considered a disappointing 78.
“I’m just forgetting about today,” Brown said. “I do not get those greens.”
Martin started the season with a 92 at Battlement Mesa. That score was the result of a family vacation in Canada, which unfortunately did not include touching a golf club.
Martin returned to his regular form with a 79 Monday at Bookcliff and a team-best 77 Tuesday at Tiara Rado.
“I went to Vail (Golf Club) pro Alice (Plain), and she helped me out before the tournament,” Martin said. “It’s great knowing that I got my swing back. Now that I know that I can shoot high-70s, I feel that I can go low 70s.”
For the record, Plain is the director of golf at Vail and Jeanne Sutherland is the head pro there, but nevertheless, the Huskies send their thanks.
The $64,000 question for Battle Mountain is finding a steady third golfer to complement Brown and Martin. Diego Gaspar shot a 86 on Monday, while Colt Becker fired an 83 Tuesday.
Next up for the Huskies is their home tournament at Eagle-Vail a week from today. Playing on your home course is always fun, but with Eagle-Vail’s unique twists and turns, the Huskies hope local knowledge will translate into a win in a week.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.