Sailor returns to support golfers

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— Cody Sherrill added another trophy to his collection Monday during the first Sailors Shoot-Out at the Catamount Ranch & Club.

The problem was finding a place to put it.

"The thing is huge," Sherrill said. "I thought it was going to bring my whole trophy shelf down. It must weigh 10 pounds."

But the latest addition to his collection is special for Sherrill, who spent the past four years as a member of the Steamboat Springs Golf Team. The money raised in Monday's Shoot-Out Tournament supports his former team.

"I was so happy to be a part of this tournament," Sherrill said. "I hope I will always be a part of Sailors' golf here in Steamboat, and this event offers me a way to give back."

The winning team, comprised of Cody and John Sherrill, and Mike and Tucker Campbell, finished the round 25 stokes under par with a total of 119. The second-place team of Steve Dodson, Jay Baverstock, Buddy King and John Kerst finished at 122. Park Smalley, Mark McElhinney, Scott Howkins and Patrick Sobeck came in third with a score of 124.

"There were some really good golfers in this one," Sherrill said. "All the best players came out."

The tournament drew 23, four-person teams in its first year and was a success, organizer Ryan Barclay said. Barclay is the coach of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

"I just want to thank all the players that came out and supported our team." Barclay said. "I think this event turned out even better than we expected."

Barclay said he was thrilled to see a former player on the winning team.

"It means a lot to me," Barclay said. "It just shows how important this team was to him and it says a lot that he has come back to support it."

Sherrill will start school at the University of Denver in September.

He expects to return to Steamboat in the summers and hopes to play in this tournament again, he said.

"We are really hoping that this tournament will become an annual thing," Barclay said. "We need it to make sure that high school golf stays strong here in Steamboat."


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com.

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