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VMS, Devils shine in early golf action

Jake Vickerman, a sophomore at Vail Mountain School,grips it and rips it on the 18th at the Eagle-Vail Golf Club during the Battle Mountain Invitational on Thursday. Despite a tough day on Thursday, the Gore Rangers are off to a quick start this season behind their three seniors.
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EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Golf Club is surprisingly enough in Eagle-Vail, but Aspen made itself at home there on Thursday at the Battle Mountain Invitational.

The Skiers took first place with a team score of 235. Aspen’s JV (237) took second.

After that, Eagle-Vail itself won as scores ticked up to finish a busy week of high school golf.

In the local donnybrook, the Vail Mountain School took top honors at 265, followed by Battle Mountain (266), Vail Christian (296) and Eagle Valley (306).

Early trends

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But take those scores with a grain of salt, particularly those of VMS and Eagle Valley. Ben Barron had a bad day, and that threw off the Gore Rangers’ score. It happens to the best and worst players, particularly at Eagle-Vail. (The author knows from experience as he is a passholder at said course.)

Based on the results of the first full week of the season, Thursday was an outlier for the Gore Rangers. VMS looks pretty solid after four tournaments.

Just on Wednesday down at Gypsum Creek, the Gore Rangers were second in the field with a score of 239, behind only Steamboat Springs (226). As a reminder, VMS is a 3A school for the purposes of golf, so it won its classification on Wednesday.

What’s more, VMS was second among 3A teams on Monday at Bookcliff and on Tuesday at Redlands Mesa.

Oliver Pesso has logged four straight rounds in the 70s in these tournaments. Barron put up scores of 78, 84 and 81 on Monday through Wednesday, while Sean Weller has been merrily moving along at an 82-82-81 clip for those events.

That’s three seniors with a lot of tournament experience. The Gore Rangers will be making some noise.

Early trends, part II

Don’t pay attention to Eagle Valley’s scores on Thursday at Eagle-Vail. The Devils have a record 29 kids out for golf, and coach Tom Buzbee is shuffling players in and out so that all can get experience as the season continues. Eagle Valley had some of its youngsters in the lineup on Thursday and it showed.

What is clear is that the Devils have two aces in Barrett Jones and Tanner Calderola. Jones, a sophomore transfer from Tennessee, is 3-for-3 in the 70s to start the season and had a 75 in Wednesday’s Eagle Valley Invitational on home turf. Calderola, a state qualifier two years ago, had a rough start at Cedaredge (86) but was steady in his next two tournaments — Bookcliff (76) and Gypsum Creek (77).

With Kevin Fedrizzi (95), the Devils finished fourth in their home tournament on Wednesday.

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

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