Sailors win another tournament

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— The Steamboat Springs golf team collected the team's fifth tournament title of the season Monday at Eagle-Vail.

Tucker Smalley led the Sailors with a round of 74.

"It was Tucker's first really solid round of golf since coming back," Sailors coach Steve Dodson said.

Smalley broke his arm just before the start of the season. He returned to action last week.

On Monday he got some help from teammates Hans Peter Bacher, Kenton Gamache and Ryan Brees, who all shot 78. The scores gave the Sailors the top team score of 230 for the tournament. Battle Moun-tain was second at 244 and Fruita-Monument came in third at 246.

"It wasn't the strongest field we've faced this season, but a win's a win," Dodson said. "It was a difficult, tight golf course with a lot of elevated greens and it was a great experience for our golfers."

Dodson is hoping the tournament will help prepare his players for a tournament Wednesday and Thursday in Montrose. Dodson expects all of the top 4A teams in the region -- including defending champion Montrose -- to play in the tournament.

Dodson said there are plenty of good 4A teams in the region this season, but he expects that the regional title could come down to Steamboat Springs and Montrose.

The regional tournament will be played Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 in Battlement Mesa.



--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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