Friday, September 22, 2000
Steamboat Springs The golfing season came to a disappointing end for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School team in the regional tournament at the Dos Rios Golf course in Gunnison.
"Basically we just had an off day," Sailors coach Jason Deigert said.
None of the team's four golfers scored well enough to advance to the state tournament, which will be held in Carbondale early next month. Steamboat's Jeff Franks came within two strokes of making the cut with a round of 83 on the challenging Dos Rios Golf Course.
"I was happy for Jeff," Deigert said. "He didn't make the cut, but he never gave up and finished with a pretty decent score."
The top score of the day was a 72, turned in by Rifle's Luke Antonelli. Together with teammates Luke Wagner (78), Matt Rowe (83) and Cole Manuppella (90), the Bears took the top spot at the regional qualifier with a combined score of 233. Aspen was second at 240, Moffat County was third with a score of 243 and Steamboat was 11th at 260. The top two teams and top eight golfers not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament, which will be held at the River Valley Ranch in Carbondale Oct. 2-3.
Franks led the Sailors with a round of 83 on the 18-hole course. Steamboat senior Garrett McGinn was second on the team at 88 and Quinn Coale was the third-lowest Sailor with a round of 89. Eric Scholl recorded a round of 91 in his final tournament of the season.
Individuals qualifying without their team included Moffat County's C.J Rugh, who finished with a 76, and Jerrod Aragon, who finished with an 81.
"Sure it was disappointing, but I think the guys on the team are excited with the direction we are going. Hopefully, we can come back next year and have a better regional showing."
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