Steamboat gears up

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After Tuesday's practice round at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson said he's not worried about Montrose's team.

If fact, he's not worrying about any of the other 20 teams in today's regional golf tournament.

"I'm not worried about beating Montrose or the other teams, because I don't like to think about it that way," Dodson said. "If we can beat the golf course, then we will beat all the other teams, as well."

When the Sailors' Paul Berry, Tucker Campbell, Michael Wes--ton and Cody Fritz tee off at about 9 a.m. today, the players and their coach say they will remain focused on their games and goals.

"This is a good opportunity for us," Dodson said. "We get to play in Craig, and it's a golf course we should be familiar with."

Berry has led the Sailors for most of the season, but Dodson said he is excited about some of his younger players, including Weston, Campbell and Fritz, who all have improved during the latter part of the season.

"It's too late to make a lot of changes, and at this point, we have to go with what got us here," Dodson said. "At the start of the season, I would have never guessed that this team would be in the running to finish first or second in the regional tournament. But these guys have all worked hard, and I like our chances."

The coach said today's key will be the team's consistency. Dodson said it will be important to get top showings from all four players in the Sailors' lineup. In regular season meets, golf teams start five players and use the top three scores. At regionals, the tournament is trimmed to four players a team, with the three best scores counting.

The top two teams from to----day's regional and the top six individuals who are not on one of the qualifying teams will earn invitations to the state tournament, which will be Oct. 3 and 4 at Wellshire Golf Club in Denver.

"We like this golf course, and our players are not afraid of it," Dodson said. "I think it fits our style."

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