Thursday, August 18, 2005
The members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team finally ran out of gas Wednesday after three days of traveling across the state for tournaments.
It happened on the back nine of the course in Rifle.
"I was real happy with the way the guys were playing Monday and Tuesday, but we didn't play well Wednesday," Sailors coach Steve Dodson said. "I'm just going to chalk that round up to experience and then move on to the next one."
The Sailors placed third in Tuesday's tournament at the Tiara Rado Golf Club in Grand Junction but slipped to seventh at the Rifle meet.
Paul Berry led the Sailors in Grand Junction with an even-par round of 72. Tucker Campbell shot a 78, and freshman Cody Fritz finished at 81 to give Steamboat a total of 231.
Fruita-Monument's Chace Nathe finished with a 70 to win the tournament.
Durango and Fruita-Monu--ment tied for first in the team standings with scores of 224. Steamboat was seven strokes back in third.
Berry also led the Sailors in Rifle with a round of 76. He was fifth overall in the tournament. Campbell finished at 85, and Fritz had an 87 for Steamboat's total of 248.
Rangely's Kris Huitt won the event with a 72. Ryan Smith from Delta was second at 74, and Marty Marquez of Central was third. He also finished with a 74, but he lost during the playoff.
"After three days of golf, our players were just tired," Dodson said. "It became really obvious on the rolling hills on the back nine at Rifle."
Dodson said he gave the five varsity players a day off Thursday hoping it would help them recover.
The team will return to action Monday in Glenwood Springs.
Assistant Scott Berry also took a junior varsity squad to Rifle. The team of Alex Palaniuk, Tyler Ostrom, Ryan Dyer and Kenyon Brenner placed third in the junior varsity class.
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