Steamboat Springs If the Steamboat Springs High School golf team members were in school, head coach Steve Dodson would have given them an above-average grade for Thursday's opening tournament in Battlement Mesa.
If they hope to accomplish what Dodson thinks they can, they still have a lot of work to do.
"For the first event of the season, I am pleased, but I am not satisfied," Dodson said after his team finished second in the Grand Valley Invitational Golf Tournament. "I give them a B."
The Sailors finished with a 234, six shots back of overall winner Basalt. Senior Paul Berry led Steamboat with a 75, good enough to tie for second place.
Berry, fresh off his Denver Country Club Junior Invitational win Monday, admitted that he may have been too aggressive and cost himself some shots. Berry collected two bogies in his final six holes, including a bogey on a par five, where he was only a wedge away on his second shot.
"I wanted it really badly," Berry said. "It's not awful, but it could have been better."
Tucker Campbell's 78 and Michael Weston's 81 filled out Steamboat's team scores, and Billy Taylor shot an 82, and Cody Fritz fired an 85.
With some of the better teams in the state taking part in the tournament, Dodson said the team was able to see how it stacks up against the other competition.
"We got a read on who we're up against," he said. "Basalt's got a good team. Grand Junction's got a good team, and Fruita's (Monument) got a good team. We found out nobody is going to run away with this thing."
Dodson said the Sailor golfers all "admitted they left strokes out on the course." The fact that they know they can play better makes Dodson think this season could be special.
"All in all, it was a good solid performance," he said. "Coming in second out of 18 teams is nothing to hang your head on."