Vail Mountain School golf; Barrett Jones shines at Lakota
NEW CASTLE — Lakota Canyon is a fun course to play — in an informal round with friends with a pair of golf carts.
Walking it during tournament play? That’s not so fun.
Vail Mountain School golf, nonetheless, finished third, while Eagle Valley’s Barrett Jones had a rather interesting, but ultimately successful day — 43 on the front and 31 on the back — to finish second.
VMS’ Finn Sapp didn’t have Jones-like dramatics, but that’s really OK. As can happen to anyone, the sophomore had his bad holes — two doubles and a triple-bogey. But the kid was able to bounce back for five birdies.
“We talk about course management,” VMS coach Gary Pesso said. “But he’s got a good head on his shoulders. I’m proud of him for the way he handles it.”
Sapp ended the day with a 76, good for third place. Jordan Harrison put up an 88 (tied for 13) and Will Richey and 89 (T15).
Those three head to Keystone today for a final tuneup before regionals on Monday at Devil’s Thumb in Delta.
Meanwhile, Jones had more ups and down than Lakota Canyon itself. A 43 for a front nine is a good start to a round of golf for most. That’s awful for Jones.
But then he shot a 5-under 31 on the back nine. That included four consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-14, and another tweeter on the par-3 17th.
Fighting to the finish has become a theme for Jones after he saw a fellow golfer see a good round go bad at Haymaker in Steamboat Springs a few weeks ago.
‘fight, fight, fight’
“You’ve got to fight to the finish. It’s sort of the Knute Rockne speech,” Devils coach Tom Buzbee said. “You’ve got fight, fight, fight. If there’s only five holes left, there’s five birdies out there. Barrett is rambunctious enough to believe that and can pull it off.”
And we’ll give you a moment to absorb Rockne’s presence in a high school golf story.
Jones, Lee Bullock, Garrett Flaagan and Collin Jenkins will make up Eagle Valley’s regional quartet at The Bridges at Montrose. One interesting note — every stroke counted in this process. Jenkins won the fourth and final sport by a margin of 0.75 strokes.
Battle Mountain will be sending Jack Oberley, Carson Dietz, Cole Plavic and Owen Ruotolo.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.