Steamboat Springs Some of his opponents might say Steamboat Springs golfer Cody Sherrill is never satisfied. Chances are, he would agree with them.
On Wednesday morning, Sherrill won the Steamboat Springs Junior City Championship, which came to a close at the Haymaker Golf Course. He celebrated Wednesday afternoon by playing another 18 holes of golf at the Sheraton course just across town.
"It's true. I'm never satisfied on the golf course. There is always room for improvement," Sherrill said shortly before teeing off Wednesday afternoon.
The 17-year-old golfer will begin practice with the Steamboat Springs Golf Club today. But on Wednesday, he grabbed the golden ring by winning a title that has escaped him for the past several years. Sherrill had to hold off Quinn Coale and a surging Paul Berry in the final holes to win the event.
"No, I've never won it," Sherrill said. "I've gotten six second places, but this is the first time I've won it."
But this year things changed for the golfer who has worked hard to find success on the course. He fired a first-round score of 83 to take the lead at the Sheraton golf course Tuesday. He then followed that up with an 81 at the Haymaker Wednesday to secure the city's junior title with a total of 164.
Coale, who was second for players 16-18, finished third overall with a score of 167 after pushing Sherrill in the early part of today's round.
Sherrill said he was even with Coale through No. 15, but as the pressure built at the end of the round, he was able to pull away.
Fourteen-year-old Paul Barry, who won the 14-15 age division, had the lowest round of the day Wednesday, scoring an 80 on the final 18 holes. He finished in second place overall with a two-round total of 165. Hunter Hidalgo and Ryan Brees tied for second in the 14-15 age division with rounds of 179.
"It was a very successful tournament," Haymaker's Ryan Barclay said. "The weather held out and the courses were in perfect shape for these guys.'
The City Championships marked the end of a recent tournament run for the juniors. Today, many of the players will return to the course to start preparing for the start of the high school season.
In other golf news, Steamboat Springs golfer Wade Chotvacs scored a hole-in-one on No. 14 July 28 during the TIC Golf Tournament. Chotvacs used a pitching wedge on the 123-yard par-3. The bad news was that Chotvacs would have won a prize ranging from a set of golf clubs to a new truck had he scored the ace on one of the other par-3 holes at the Sheraton. Head professional Gary Crawford said Chotvacs was thrilled with the hole-in-one despite not taking home a prize for his efforts.
On Tuesday, Bob Parent of South Lake, Texas, scored a hole-in-one on the Sheraton's No. 15, which is a 319-yard, par-4. Crawford said it was Parent's first time to play the Sheraton, so he really didn't know the course. But a well-hit 3-wood and a little luck helped Parent record the rare ace.
Not to be outdone, Ted Greene of Mission Hills, Kan., scored a hole-in-one at the Catamount Ranch & Club on Aug. 3. Greene used a 4-iron on No. 17 to ace the 188-yard, par-3.
Golfers at the Haymaker have also enjoyed a good summer of golfing, with several recording holes-in-one. David Epstein recorded his on June 16 with a 6-iron on No. 12. Peter Robertson aced No. 5 with a 5-wood on July 5 and Jay Herringer Jr. scored his on July 8 using an 8-iron on No. 7
Haymaker employee Chris Carnes scored a hole-in-one at the Yampa Valley Golf Club July 15 and Andy Keyek scored one on No. 17 at Coal Creek July 27.