Golfers prepare for state

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The pampered fairways of the Country Club of Colorado will provide the final test of the season for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team.

"I'm really excited about this golf course, and I hope the players are excited to play," Sailors coach Steve Dodson said

Dodson said the course, which is in Colorado Springs, features lots of trees and water and a design that was common among private courses not long ago.

"There are plenty of places to get into trouble on this one, but overall it's a really fun golf course," Dodson said.

The front nine will give the prep golfers a solid chance to ease into the course Monday. The nicely designed holes will allow the golfers to get comfortable, and hopefully build some cushion, before heading out on a more challenging back nine.

"This course just keeps getting tougher and tougher," Dodson said. "It finishes with some very challenging holes, which is how they used to design most private golf courses."

Dodson said No. 17 might be the most intimidating hole on the course. It features a long, narrow green flanked by plenty of water. Golfers will have to be on top of their game if they want to avoid trouble.

Dodson also thinks the No. 14 hole will test the golfers. It will take a long, well-placed drive to clear the 220 yards of water and set up a playable approach shot. Dodson thinks the par-4 hole could help separate the field.

The Sailors will get an opportunity to see the course during a practice round today. Steamboat's Kenton Gamache will be the first to tee off in competition, at 8:30 a.m. Monday. He will be playing with Greeley Central golfer Brandon Tomasovich and Sterling's Andy Weingardt.

Hans-Peter Bacher will tee off at 8:39 a.m. with Robert Jaccaud of Greeley Central and Brian Carruthers of Sterling.

Ryan Brees will tee off at at 8:48 a.m. with Derek Hofmeister of Greeley Central and Austin Hickert of Sterling.

The final Steamboat golfer to take the course will be Paul Berry. He is scheduled to tee off at 8:57 a.m. with Grant Suggs of Greeley Central and Micah Seyler of Eaton.

Steamboat enters the tournament with the lowest regional score, but Dodson thinks as if his team is the underdog.

"I like being the underdog," Dodson said. "I think we are going to sneak up on some teams this week."

Although the Front Range media may not have noticed Steamboat, it won't be surprising if most of the teams across the state will have to show Steamboat some respect.

Steamboat comes from the same region as defending state champion Montrose. Steamboat topped the Montrose team by 15 strokes at this year's regional tournament.

Steamboat also placed second in the state tournament two years ago, behind Mullen. Brees and Gamache were a part of that team.

Dodson thinks the favorite to win this year's individual state title is Tom Glissmeyer of Cheyenne Mountain. Glissmeyer posted the best stroke average in the state this year and is the top-ranked prep golfer.

Glissmeyer also makes the Cheyenne Mountain team one of the favorites to win this year's team title. Montrose, Mullen, Greeley Central, Sterling, Kent Denver and Steamboat also enter the tournament harboring state title hopes.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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