Steamboat Springs Skyler Martin said he’s nervous, but he’s trying to set that aside today when he tees off in the state golf tournament at the Flying Horse Country Club.
Martin, the only member of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team who qualified for this week’s high school state golf tournament, said the Colorado Springs-area course proved to offer a lot of risk-reward opportunities Sunday when he played a practice round.
He plans to play it safe, however, when he attacks the course this morning to start the two-day tournament.
“I’m really nervous, but I expect that to all go away after the first hole like it did at regionals,” Martin said.
He shot a 7-over-par 79 at that tournament to make state.
Martin’s qualification for the tournament marks the ninth-straight year a Sailor has made the field, and Steamboat coach Steve Dodson insisted he compete hard, but enjoy the experience of the pinnacle of high school golf.
“He’s a senior, and I want him to stop and pause and take a look around and realize, ‘Hey, this is pretty cool,’” Dodson said. “I want him to play well, but mostly, I want him to enjoy these two days because this is his finale of high school golf.”
To succeed, Martin said he will have to keep the ball straight on the course’s fairways and avoid the temptation of the shortcuts that will present themselves on several big holes.
“It’s a risk-reward type of course where you have to go for it all or play very conservative,” he said. “I plan to play it conservative. There are only a couple holes where it’s really necessary to go for it, so the reward isn’t that great.”
Martin spent the week before the meet warming up at Rollingstone Stone Ranch Golf Club in Steamboat.
“It’s obviously a big deal to make the tournament,” he said. “I’m just going to try to play my game and see what happens.”