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Make that a Devil, three Gore Rangers for state golf

Eagle Valley's Barrett Jones, shown here at the season-opening tournament in Cedaredge, is off to state after firing a 74 at Tuesday's 4A regional golf tournament at Steamboat Springs' Haymaker Golf Club.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Eagle Valley sophomore Barrett Jones and the Vail Mountain School’s trio of seniors, Oliver Pesso, Sean Weller and Ben Barron, made the cut at Tuesday’s 4A/3A regional tournament at the Haymaker Golf Club at Steamboat Springs.

Master Jones punched his ticket to the 4A state tournament at the Fox Hill Club in Longmont in two weeks. Meanwhile, the Gore Rangers have a much shorter trip with 3A state at Eagle Ranch.

Jones overcame two bogeys in his first four holes, turning things around with a tweeter on the par-5 sixth. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 helped him to an even-par back nine of 36.

“I didn’t know where I was (on the leaderboard),” Jones said. “I had those two birdies in a row and then I was going to see how I ended up.”

And that would be tied for third with Durango’s Cy Spicer and Cameron Barnhardt.

Meanwhile, the 3A tournament was turning into the 2015 version of “The Massacre at Winged Foot.” The winning score was plus-4 (Aspen’s Dominic Lanese).

Although he has no idea at the time, VMS’s Oliver Pesso’s 83 was actually a darn good score. Pesso actually took fifth with 11-over.

“The temperatures were good. The conditions were good,” Pesso said. “They made it longer and put tough pins out there. The greens weren’t running as fast as I thought they would. Nothing was dropping.”

Pesso’s been to state before. Teammate Weller has not. An 87 never looked so good on Tuesday.

“It’s awesome,” Weller said. “It’s hard to talk right now. All that work finally paid off.”

While Weller is rarely speechless, the most surprised person in Routt County had to Barron. He shot a 92, yet made the cut.

“Can you believe it? My worst round in three years? It’s ridiculous,” Baron said with a laugh. “I totally thought I was done and that I was coming in as one of the worst scorers.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.