SSHS golf scores
Aspen Invitational on Tuesday
Alan Capistron, 78
Kaelen Gunderson, 81
Scott Ptach, 81
Skyler Martin, 81
Patrick Weston, 88
There might not be a hotter team entering the Class 4A regional tournament than the Steamboat Springs High School golf squad.
The Sailors, on the heels of two outright first-place finishes and a tie for first, came out on top again Tuesday at the Aspen Invitational, finishing with an uncharacteristically high team score of 240.
Gunnison was second at 242, and Fruita-Monument was third at 243.
"True to the word, we won ugly," Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said. "A win is a win. The positive things we take out of it is we tied for the team low score at one tournament and then won the last three events of the season. We'll ride that into regionals."
Steamboat has a little less than a week to prepare for the Sept. 22 regional tournament at Haymaker Golf Course.
On Sept. 9 at the Steamboat Sailors Invitational at Haymaker, Steamboat finished in a tie for first with Battle Mountain.
"We're going to work on a game plan," Dodson said. "We'll play Saturday. I think we'll stretch the golf course out a little bit. We're going to get some rest and a good night's sleep and then get after it on that Tuesday."
There certainly could be some room for improvement.
Playing an Aspen course not known for its length, but for tough greens, all five Sailors struggled a bit.
Junior Alan Capistron led the way with a 78, good enough for the second-lowest gross score. Kaelen Gunderson, Scott Ptach and Skyler Martin shot 81, and Patrick Weston shot 88.
Dodson said it wasn't a particularly good day for anyone, especially with the Sailors' work around the tough Aspen greens.
"This was the best, I think, I've ever hit the ball in my life," said Martin, who has all but secured his position as the No. 4 golfer on the regional team. "The greens were really difficult. It was hard to figure them out."
Still, Martin said with the way he's hitting the ball, and with the regional tournament on the team's home course, spirit and confidence levels couldn't be higher with the Sailors right now.
Dodson said the focus for the rest of this week will be on formulating a plan of attack for Haymaker and continuing to work on Steamboat's short game.
With Battle Mountain, Montrose and Cortez expected to battle Steamboat for a regional title, Dodson said he's pleased with how his team is playing.
"I'm happy with getting another victory," he said.
"We knew the competition wasn't as strong as we'll encounter at regionals. But we wanted to get some momentum going, and I think we accomplished that."