Golfers open season at Battlement Mesa today

By Chris Freud

OK, it’s not a tradition unlike any other like the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. But the boys golf season on the Western Slope always starts at Battlement Mesa in Parachute with the admonition — don’t go left on Nos. 11, 12 and 13. Nerves and birdies should be abundant today. Whether you’re a returning veteran or a rookie, the first tournament of the season for Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Vail Christian and Vail Mountain is a big deal. Also look for the gents to shake off those nerves as the tourney usually plays from Battlement Mesa’s silver tees (6,037 yards), …

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