Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team traveled to Carbondale on Monday and picked up its second tournament title in a row at the River Valley Ranch Golf Club.
"I'm really happy with the way we are playing team golf right now," coach Steve Dodson said. "I think we are in a pretty good place right now."
The team got solid rounds from Kaelen Gunderson and Alan Capistron, who each finished with 3-over-par 75s, and Scott Ptach, who rounded out the team score with a 77. Steamboat's Skyler Martin shot an 85, and Patrick Weston finished with an 88.
Gunderson and Capistron tied for low gross score in the tournament. Gunderson won the playoff holes and took top individual honors in the tiebreaker.
Capistron was OK with the second-place finish, particularly after matching his season-best round.
"I putted really well today, which was kind of surprising because the greens were really tough," Capistron said. "But I was hitting the fairways, and I was able to get up and down on the greens."
Dodson said the level of competition in Carbondale wasn't the toughest the Sailors have faced this season, but he doesn't think that will matter as the team moves toward the regional tournament at Haymaker next week.
"In golf, you play the course - not the other teams," Dodson said. "I stressed that to my players all season, and I think we are getting better with each tournament."
The coach said Montrose and Cortez elected to go to a tournament in Durango, and the Battle Mountain team that finished second Monday with a score of 240 in Carbondale was missing its big guns.
But Dodson is happy with the way his team has responded the past couple of tournaments, and he is excited about Steamboat's chances at regionals.
"There is no question that it's going to come down to a couple of strokes," Dodson said. "I have been telling my players not to throw away shots just because they missed a tee shot or missed a putt. They are out there playing for the other four guys, not themselves."
Steamboat spent the night in a hotel and will play its final tournament of the regular season in Aspen today.
"I'm just hoping to get back in the mid-70s," Capistron said. "Aspen is a tricky little golf course. It's not the kind of golf course where you're going to pull the driver out. You have to be accurate to score well there."