Steamboat golf squad struggles

Sailors team shoots high in Eagle Valley

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— Lost balls and a difficult golf course crippled the Steamboat Springs High School golf team’s efforts Thursday to keep up momentum after success early in the week. But Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said the team’s main shortcoming was rather basic.

“We just hit a lot of crooked shots,” he said. “We threw away a lot of shots. We have to cut down on unforced errors, and we really need to clean up our game if we’re going to go anywhere.”

After a second-place finish Tuesday in a Vail tournament, Steamboat could produce only high scores Thursday in a tournament at Gypsum Creek in Eagle Valley.

Alan Capistron led the Sailors with a 78. Isiah Forsyth finished with an 84, Patrick Weston shot an 85, and Sam Scheer and Zephyr Erickson both shot 90.

“We had way too many penalty strokes,” Dodson said. “The guys worked hard and tried to manage the golf course. There’s a meandering creek through the golf course and a lot of sage you have to hit over, and we just didn’t hit enough straight shots.

“The shot making just wasn’t there” Thursday.

Dodson said more practice could certainly help his squad.

“We need to work a little harder in practice and come out a little more focused at these tournaments,” he said. “It’s a process — a growing process — but my top players need to start buckling down and showing these schools that we are the team I think we are. We haven’t done that yet.”

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