Sailors golf notches top 3 finishes

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SSHS golf scores

Scott Ptach, 76

Kaelen Gunderson, 73

Alan Capistron, 78

Skyler Martin, 81

Patrick Weston, 88

— Talk about a clean sweep.

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team not only finished first Thursday at Cotton Ranch Golf Course in Gypsum, but it also had the top three individual finishes.

"We kind of dominated," said coach Steve Dodson of the Sailors' 227 team score, 18 shots better than second-place Battle Mountain.

Kaelen Gunderson was the low medalist, shooting a 1-over-par 73. Scott Ptach at 76 and Alan Capistron at 78 rounded out the top three.

Skyler Martin shot 81, and Patrick Weston shot 88.

It was the Sailors' first tournament in more than a week. Dodson and assistant coach Tom Taylor used the time off to focus on course management and short game skills.

The work paid off. Take Gunderson's round, for instance.

The senior didn't hit a green in regulation on his front nine but was able to constantly get up and down for par.

"I'm feeling good," Gunderson said. "I've been expecting this. Hopefully we can keep playing consistent as a team. Taking the top three is pretty sweet. We're definitely one of the teams to beat all year."

Dodson said while Ptach and Capistron had good rounds, he was more pleased with how the duo reacted after having tough holes. Despite each having several bogies, the two combined for 10 birdies on the day.

"They followed a double bogey with a birdie. That shows a lot of maturity," Dodson said. "I like seeing that. Scotty had a round going I was thinking might be somewhere in the 60s, but he had a couple of doubles coming home. All in all I was real pleased with the guys."

The addition of Taylor as an assistant coach has been instrumental, Dodson said, citing Taylor's ability to teach short-game techniques.

"Having added Tom to our staff has really been beneficial to our program," Dodson said. "Our kids have really responded to his tutelage."

Steamboat plays in Delta on Wednesday and Montrose on Thursday. There the team will again see top competition, including Montrose - the favorite of many to win the region.

But with Thursday's performance at Cotton Ranch, Dodson said he's happy about where his team stands.

"I think we would have matched up pretty darn well with those teams (Thursday)," he said. "We're going to take this win and take this number and go with it."

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