Morris shoots a 78 as Eagle Valley boys post their first strong showing of the season
Devils golf coach Glen Ewing says that in the short Colorado high school boys season, you’re likely to get only three or four great rounds.
On Tuesday on the public links of Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction, Devils junior Ben Morris had one of those rounds.
Morris followed up an impressive Monday score of 82 at Bookcliff Golf Club in Grand Junction with a 78 at Tiara Rado, a mark that helped push the Devils to a 10th-place finish out of 20 teams in their fourth tournament of the season.
Tuesday’s tournament wrapped up two separate invitationals in Grand Junction over two days featuring both 4A and 5A teams.
“Monday we were pretty much in the cellar,” Ewing said. “Today was a much, much better day. We finished 10th and we were within four strokes of beating four other teams.”
Morris wasn’t the only Devil to shine Tuesday. Fellow junior Zach Coe had a career-high score of 85, a day after finishing with a 92.
“I was feeling it today,” Coe said. “My putting helped me. I’ve been playing three times a week this summer and it’s really starting to pay off.”
The Tiara Rado course was a much tighter 18 than Bookcliff, said Ewing, but the snug fairways didn’t seem to produce too many mistakes.
“These guys just kind of left their drivers in the bag,” Ewing said. “With the tight fairways, you almost had to. There were tons of out-of-bounds. But, it’s the first day out of our four tournaments that we played really well.”
The fairways seemed to be the least of senior Peter Berg’s concerns in the early-going of his round Tuesday. The most difficult ” and surprising ” obstruction with which Berg had to contend was another players driving caroming off his foot from roughly 200 yards away.
“I think I did pretty well considering what happened,” said Berg, who finished with a 94. “No one ever yelled, ‘Fore,’ so I didn’t even know it was coming. It was a little tough to walk after that. Pretty tough both mentally and physically.”
The Devils next play at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale.
Hopefully, Ewing said, he’ll be able to get one of those three or four great rounds out of his two seniors ” Berg and his son James Ewing ” next time.
“I think both of our seniors are capable of getting into the 80s. They just need to get the right day to have that happen. You’ve got to give the accolades to Ben, though. He’s been the most consistent so far since the start of the season.”
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