Youths square off in Shootout

Impressive scores recorded in golf tourney


— Henry Howard capped off a three-day stint on the greens with a top finish at the Steamboat Golf Club's sixth annual Cowboy Shootout Wednesday.

Howard, a 14-year-old member of the club's junior golf program, shot a 38 to record the highest score of the afternoon at the nine-hole course.

It was his third tournament in as many days. Howard traveled to Meeker for a golf tourney Monday and to Craig for another on Tuesday.

He said he was glad to be back on his home turf after having a rough time at the away tournaments.

Howard stood out among his peers at the Cowboy Shootout. He shot a 3-over par on his way to winning the age 13-15 division.

"I play at this course a lot," Howard said. "Today, it all just came together for me I guess."

Bill Nickey, director of junior golf at the Steamboat Golf Club, said the Cowboy Shootout was the third junior golf tournament of the season for the local players.

Only two Steamboat players made the trip to Meeker, he said. The next junior golf tourney is the Haywhacker Championships that will be held July 31, Nickey said.

Thirty-three local players competed in the Cowboy Shootout. But not all of them belong to the junior golf program.

The season comes to a close for the junior golfers Aug. 7-8 at the Junior City Championships, Nickey said.

Paul Berry was the runner-up in the age 13-15 division at the Cowboy Shootout after winning a tiebreaker against Brian Faulkner.

They both shot a 42.

In the age 10-12 division, Andreas Aalbu beat Billy Taylor in a tiebreaker to win first place.

Aalbu and Taylor each shot a 53 after nine holes of play.

Tim Ascher earned third place with a 55.

Jonathan Ricker won the 9-and-under division, followed by Charlie Von Thaden and Alex Bennett.

The 9-and-under group played five holes.

Ricker won the Cowboy Shootout putting contest while Ryan Breeze came in first in the long-drive contest.

Howard credited his victory to his play at the fifth hole.

"No. 5 has killed me before," Howard said. "Today, I bogeyed it. That got my confidence up."

Nickey said the fifth hole, which is extremely narrow, is the most challenging one at the course.

"It's an ugly hole," Nickey said. "Nobody can step up to that hole and think they have got it made."


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