On the eve of his first high school golf tournament, Henry Howard stood on the practice green at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort calmly rolling 7-foot putts toward the hole.
If things go well for the Steamboat Springs High School junior today, those putts will be falling at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.
"I'm really excited," Howard said. "I've never played in a high school tournament before. I'm just psyched to get to go."
Howard and Eric Vanderbloe-men will join the varsity roster today for the first time this season. Kenton Gamache and Paul Berry, who have been playing at the varsity level for the past two weeks, also will play in Glenwood.
"We will have a chance to get a few more players some varsity experience," said Sailors coach Ryan Barclay.
The coach is hoping it will fire up the team after a mediocre showing in Montrose on Aug. 21.
The Sailors finished in a tie for 10th place with Rifle at 235.
Montrose won the event with a score of 213. Glenwood Springs was second at 223 and Cortez came in third with 224.
Montrose's Chris and Erik Lundberg set the pace with rounds of 69. Montezuma-Cortez's Shea Sena was third at 71 and Glenwood's Sean Flohr and Jesse Hanson tied for fourth at 72.
Paul Berry and Kenton Gamache led the Sailors with rounds of 77. Hunter Hidalgo rounded out the Sailors' scoring with an 81.
"I'm coming off of a little down period, but I'm back up now, " Gamache said. "I feel like I've got my game back, and I expect to start having some better scores."
Gamache is one of two returning players who were part of the Sailors second-place effort in 2002 on this year's team. The other is Ryan Brees, who had struggled in the early events this season. Gamache said it's still early, and he thinks the veteran players will rebound this week.
"I think we are at the same point we were last season," Gamache said. "If we can get a few guys back in the 70s then we will be fine."
-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209
or e-mail email@example.com