Sailors prepared to host region's best golfers at Haymaker

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The Steamboat Springs High School golf team has been one of the hottest high school teams this fall.

Today, the team is hoping to heat up the slopes of the Haymaker golf course in its only home tournament of the 2004 season. The Sailors will also tee off at the Yampa Valley Regional golf course in Craig on Thursday.

"Well I hope they're excited," coach Steve Dodson said Tuesday while setting up his final rosters for Wednesday's round in Steamboat. "We are going to have two squads and 13 kids playing in Steamboat. This will be their only chance to play here this year."

The tournament will draw 82 players from 13 schools to Haymaker for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Dodson is excited because top regional foes Montrose, Durango, Moffat County and Roaring Fork are expected to play.

"It's going to be a strong field," Dodson said. "We are going to have every tee box covered, and it should be a very good tournament."

Steamboat will be one of the favorites to win at home.

The squad already has won tournaments in Bookcliff and Tiara Rado in Grand Junction this year and shot under par as a team en route to winning the River Valley Ranch Tournament in Carbondale on Aug. 23.

In six tournaments this year, the squad has finished first three times and has never finished lower than third.

That's where Steamboat finished Tuesday after taking a split squad of varsity and junior varsity players to Eagle Ranch in Vail.

Montrose won the meet with a score of 210, Durango was second at 212 and Steamboat came in third with a score of 216.

Collin Covault won the tournament with a score of 65. Steamboat's Paul Berry placed second at 67. Steamboat Springs' Tucker Smalley, who has been sidelined with a broken arm, returned to the team's lineup Monday, shooting a score of 79.

Assistant coach Scott Berry, who traveled with the team Tuesday, said he was pleased with the way the team played and expects the Sailors to be competitive today when the full varsity squad takes to the course.

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