It took two extra holes, but when Monday's high school golf tournament at the Bookcliffe Golf Club in Grand Junction came to an end, Paul Berry was on top of the pack.
The Steamboat Springs junior was tied with Durango's Devin Schreider at 69 after the first 18 holes of play. Both players pared No. 18 on the first playoff hole, before Berry took the upper hand by driving the green on the second hole of sudden death. Schreider's tee shot sailed over the green on the 170-yard, par-3.
Berry went on to par the hole, and Scheider fell off the pace with a bogey.
"He simply played great golf," Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said about Berry. "He stayed calm in the playoff and put together the shots he needed to win the tournament."
It was the second tournament of the season for the young Steamboat Springs High School golf team.
Berry also led the team last weekend in Battlement Mesa, where the Sailors finish third as a team. Steamboat was fourth Monday with a score of 229. Durango won the Bookcliffe event with a 217.
"I don't have a senior on the roster this season," Dodson said. "This is a very young team, but I think their results bode well for the future."
Berry opened his season Thursday in Battlement Mesa with an even-par round of 72. Sophomore Michael Weston finished at 83, Jake Dombrowski finished at 89, and Kenyon Brenner finished at 94.
Roaring Fork's Adam Joiner won the tournament with a 71, and Montrose took the team title.
Steamboat traveled to Grand Junction for Monday's tournament at Bookcliffe and another tournament at the Tiara Rado golf course today.
Berry led the team Monday, and with the help of Tucker Campbell's 77 and Weston's 83, Steamboat placed fourth. Steamboat freshman Cody Fritz shot an 84, and Dombrowski finished with a score of 88. Durango won the team title.