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Marty Knous cautious at Haymaker

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. ” The rare decision to play conservatively cost Basalt’s Marty Knous on Wednesday.

Rather than attempt to drive the green at the short par-4 eighth at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs, the junior aimed for the fairway. His approach from 100 yards came up short, then the ensuing chip rolled past the cup and off the back of the green. He double hit his pitch, then two putted for a triple bogey.

“I was just playing kind of sketchy,” Knous said. “I wasn’t confident that all of my shots would be in good shape. I usually just go for it. I don’t know, things are just kind of weird right now.”

Knous’ struggles continued on a back nine in which he dropped five strokes in his final six holes. He finished with 79 for the Longhorns, who wound up 11th out of 16. Patrick Hall shot 81, Kyp Schoon 105 and Michael Schoemer 114.

Battle Mountain’s Cameron Brown earned medalist honors with a 72 to lead the Huskies (239) to a tie for second with host Steamboat Springs. Fruita Monument (233) finished first.

“It’s a challenging course, it might be the hardest we play all year,” Basalt head coach Steve Knous said. “We had some goals coming down here, but we were kind of keeping them modest.”

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While the Longhorns awoke to frigid temperatures (Steve Knous said it took him 10 minutes to scrape the ice off the bus windshield) and frost delayed play for 45 minutes, Marty Knous got off to a hot start.

His first drive of the day split the fairway at No. 3, and his approach came to rest four feet from the hole; he sank the birdie putt. Then came a string of four consecutive pars.

He ran into trouble for the first time at No. 8.

“It’s a tricky devil,” Steve Knous said. “It’s hard to explain, but it’s one of those holes you can birdie pretty easily, but if something goes wrong it’s easy to get a double or a triple.”

Marty Knous shook off the gaffe with three consecutive pars before his tee shot at the par-3 12th came up short, leading to a bogey. He got that shot back at the par-5 13th after a well-placed approach with a 6-iron, then a two-putt.

An errant tee shot landed in a patch of thick, native grass at the 15th, leaving Knous no chance to advance the ball to the green. He two-putted for bogey. A similar drive at the 16th wound up costing him two shots and highlighted a tumultuous closing stretch in which his score ballooned.

“I felt focused [coming in], but I just wasn’t hitting good golf shots,” Knous said.

He compiled 31 putts and hit just nine of 18 greens in regulation, but Knous still managed to finish in the top 10.

Hall’s round might have been Basalt’s most impressive ” and unexpected ” performance, Steve Knous said. While he did shoot 78 at Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction in August, Hall has typically produced scores in the 90s.

He was 2-over on the front nine.

“I ran into Patrick on the front and he was the happiest kid on the course,” Steve Knous said. “It was a good accomplishment for him.”

And for the team, who is hoping to contend for a state berth at the 3A regional tournament Sept. 23 in Aspen. Basalt next tees off today at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

jmaletz@aspentimes.com

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