Golf team feels sense of urgency

Sailors finish fifth Wednesday in Delta

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— Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson says his team is playing well, but he knows it may not be good enough if the team is to make the state tournament.

"We played really well," Dodson said after the Sailors' fifth-place finish in Wednesday's tournament at the Devil's Thumb golf course north of Delta.

"We had two kids in the 70s, but we need a couple more to get in the 70s and as a team we will get competitive," Dodson said. "We are definitely going to have to improve as a team if we are going to move forward and get to state. We have some tough competition, which is evident every week and at every tournament."

The level of competition on the Western Slope this season was clearly evident in Wednesday's tournament, which was won by the Fruita Monument Wildcats. The Wildcats combined to finish with a team score of 227. Montrose was second at 233, Cortez was third at 234 and Grand Junction Central was fourth at 237. The Sailors finished in fifth with a team score of 239.

Michael Weston led the Sailors with a round of 77. Teammate Cody Fritz contributed a 79, and Scott Ptach and Ben VonThaden finished at 83. Cam Fritz shot an 86 on the challenging course.

"There is no question that Devil's Thumb is a difficult golf course," Dodson said. "Our team played well, but we need to continue to improve if we want to be successful. So the plan is to keep grinding away at practice and hope that means lower scores on the course."

The Sailors next tournament is the Steamboat Sailors Invitational at Haymaker Golf Course on Wednesday. The Sailors will play in Craig on Sept. 6 before wrapping up the regular season in Rifle on Sept. 12.

"We've got three more tournaments to go before the regional, and by that time I hope we can pull our team together and we can get our kids shooting in the 70s," Dodson said. If we can do that, we will be

very competitive.

"This has been a good season, but it's also been kind of a gradual process as we move toward our goals. But it's crunch time now, and we need to get after it."

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