Vail Valley golfers cope with long, hot day |

Vail Valley golfers cope with long, hot day

Scott Miller and Matt Zalaznick
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, CO Colorado – Long, narrow greens on old municipal course at the foot of the Colorado National Monument and small tricky greens confronted Vail Valley high school golfers Tuesday in Grand Junction.

Battle Mountain High School finished eighth at Tiara Rado with a total score of 235, one better than Monday’s performance at the Grand Junction Invitational Tournament.

“Dillon McDonald has his best round – his entire game came together today,” said Battle Mountain coach Cassie Desmone. “I know Cameron Brown was disappointed with himself. He wanted to go a lot lower than 74 – but that’s still exceptional.”

Desmone says play was slow and the weather was hot.

“We’re going to be working on our chipping and putting,” Desmone said. “There were a few too many chips over the green.”

Eagle Valley finished 11th out of 22 teams, with a total score of 243, also one better than Monday.

“We were a little better today, but not good enough,” Eagle Valley coach Tom Buzbee said. “We expect to be in the middle of the pack, but a little higher in the middle.

Tuesday was a tougher day for putting than Monday’s tournament at the Bookcliff Country Club, Buzbee said.

Complicating matters were the long, narrow fairways.

“I walked off (the fairway) on the fifth hole, and it’s just 52 yards wide,” Buzbee said.

So the smart golfers kept their big sticks in their bags. Austin Fahrenholtz was one of those golfers Sticking to his irons, Fahrenholtz ended the day with the same ball he started with. In fact, he played both days with just one ball.

It’s a long driving week for Buzbee and Eagle Valley’s golf squad. With the “black” team home from Grand Junction, Buzbee was getting ready to load up the school’s “red” and “white” teams for a Wednesday tournament in Montrose.

The low scorer of the day was Jesse Beetham if Aspen, who shot a 73.

The Vail Mountain School team was in action just a couple of long drivers from the Nebraska border at the Ballyneal course near Holyoke.

“They all shot about 10 strokes higher than usual,” Vail Mountain coach Ross Sappenfield said. “But we didn’t finish last.”

Sappenfield said the Ballyneal course is one of the toughest his golfers will play. In fact, it’s been rated as one of the country’s best new courses, he said.

“That’s why we went out there,” Sappenfield said. “Every shot requires a lot of thought. But we had a lot of fun, and we’re going back next year.”

The Vail Mountain team continues its road work this week, heading to Montrose for a Wednesday tournament.

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