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Basalt golfers claim team title at Devil’s Thumb

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

DELTA, Colo. – The win likely comes with an asterisk, but Basalt golf coach Steve Knous sure will take it.

The Longhorns’ season of inconsistency continued Wednesday at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club in Delta, as only two golfers managed to break 80. The effort was good enough to win the 3A team title, however, in a decidedly watered-down field.

“Aspen didn’t have their top guys and Gunnison wasn’t there at all today,” Knous said. “It was a win by default.”

Basalt senior Patrick Hall fired an 81, while No. 1 Marty Knous carded a lackluster 87 and freshman Dylan Rakowski finished with 91. Ryan Smith and Joseph Kistner each shot 86 and Ryan Fahey 94 for the Skiers.

Battle Mountain’s Cameron Brown earned medalist honors with a 69.

“Out of the five [we sent], he was the only one who played to his potential,” Steve Knous said of Hall. “Every time I was with him, he was just striping the ball down the middle, and he had great control over his shots. He was playing smart shots.”

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While other members in his pairing often opted for driver on short par 4’s, Knous said Hall pulled out his hybrid and played for position. The strategy paid off.

“It was a good sign of maturity,” the coach added. “Patrick hasn’t been super consistent, but he seems to moving in the right direction. I’m encouraged by that.”

Marty Knous’ play has been less encouraging. The senior struggled mightily with the driver in Delta.

Those troubles were magnified at No. 9 – his final hole – when Knous had to hit four tee shots. He wound up with a quadruple bogey.

“He hits shots that very few kids on the high school circuit can hit, and it makes your jaw drop. But if you’re hitting it crooked, so what if you hit it 350 yards? It’s just more crooked,” Steve Knous said. “He had a couple bright spots here and there, but not a whole lot. Every time I looked back, I’d see Marty in a desert chipping out of a bush and think, ‘God, what is that?'”

Aspen golfers showed flashes, too, on Wednesday, assistant coach Brian Dalla Betta said. But inconsistent play cost them the chance to contend for the team title.

“They were hitting good shots, but they couldn’t put it together. There were too many big numbers on a few holes,” Dalla Betta said. “Some of them had a pretty good side, but all of them had at least one bad nine holes. … Unfortunately, golf is not nine holes.”

Aspen and Basalt tee off next on Wednesday at Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker Golf Course – site of Sept. 22’s regional championship.

jmaletz@aspentimes.com

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