Thursday, September 4, 2003
The day after winning the Steamboat Springs High School Invitational, the members of the Steamboat golf team were back on course at Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig.
For the second day in a row, junior Tucker Smalley led the Sailors with a round of 77. Smalley might have matched his season-best effort of 74, shot Wednesday at Haymaker, if not for a double bogey and bogey on the final two holes.
"He was pretty solid for most of the round, but he didn't finish strong," coach Ryan Barclay said.
Steamboat's Kenton Gamache added a 79 to the Sailors' total and Ryan Brees and Paul Berry finished at 80.
Grand Junction's Eric Winder netted a 67 to win his second high school golf tournament in two days. His score helped 5A Grand Junction finish at 220 and win the team title.
Fruita-Monument came in second with 224, and Durango was third with a score of 234. Steamboat finished in fourth at 236.
"It has been a good week for Tucker," Barclay said. "He finally settled down and started shooting like he does in practice."
The Sailors' recent run of top finishes has come at a good time for the Steam-boat players as the team prepares for the final stretch of the high school golf season.
Next week, Steamboat will travel to Eagle Valley, Battlement Mesa and Rifle for tournaments.
The regional tournament will take place Sept. 17 in Montrose. Steamboat is hoping for a top finish and a shot at returning to the state meet. Steamboat finished second in the state's 4A class last year to state champion Mullen.
"I think as a team we are pretty close to where we need to be," Barclay said. "The guys are starting to settle down and play like I know they can."