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Sailors a notch below Basalt at tournament

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— Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson is getting sick of looking at the scoreboard at tournaments and seeing his team one notch below Basalt.

He'll have to wait another week before he can change that result.

The Sailors found themselves in second place again with a team score of 237, one shot behind Basalt at Wednesday's tournament at Devil's Thumb.

"There are a couple of reasons why they name it Devil's Thumb," Dodson said. "We left a couple of shots out there. We've got some work to do."

Devil's Thumb - the course where the regional tournament will be played next month - demands precise drives and accurate iron play. The greens are fast and undulated, and the course forces good golfers to make good shots, Dodson said.

"The layout is very difficult," Dodson said. "In a lot of ways it's similar to Haymaker in that if you spray it, you'll be penalized. It's a good thinking man's golf course. That's going to benefit us in regionals and state if we make it that far."

Paul Berry tied for second with a 77 while Michael Weston shot 78.

Cody Fritz and Billy Taylor both shot 82 and Tucker Campbell shot 83.

Basalt's Jim Knous was the medalist with a 75.

"(Scores) were a little bit higher because it was a challenging course," Dodson said. "The more comfortable we get with this golf course, the better."

The Sailors have a little less than a month before they return to Devil's Thumb for regionals.

Dodson said the team has thrown away a few shots here and there, but is on the cusp of challenging Basalt for the top spot.

Wednesday was the fourth tournament Basalt has won this year.

Basalt finished in the top three two other times.

Dodson said he knows what it'll take to beat Basalt this year.

"It's going to take three kids to put three solid rounds together," Dodson said. "But we're striving for all five to put a strong round together. We just need to eliminate unforced errors."

Dodson said the team members have to work especially hard on their short games.

Dodson knows his team can compete better than it did on Wednesday.

"We're not to where I want us to be," he said, "but we're not far from it."

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