Steamboat's Martin looks to rebound at state golf tourney

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— The story has been the same for Steamboat Springs senior Skyler Martin for most of the season.

“I was having a pretty good round until I took an eight on No. 6,” Martin said after the opening round of the state tournament Monday at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs. “That’s been pretty typical for me. Every single round, there seems to be that one hole toward the end that gets me. I just can’t seem to avoid that one bad hole.”

Martin is tied with six other golfers after opening the Class 4A state golf tournament with an 80. He trails D’Evelyn senior John Ahern, who shot an opening round 64, by 16 strokes after the first 18 holes of the 36-hole tournament.

Valor Christian leads the team standings with a combined score of 215. D’Evelyn is second at 218, and Cortez is in third at 225.

Martin, who started his round on the No. 10 hole, shot a 37 on his first nine holes. He pulled to even par with a birdie but ran into problems on No. 4 when he recorded a bogey before his tee shot missed the mark on No. 8.

Martin is the only golfer from Steamboat Springs High School playing in this year’s state tournament.

“I used a six iron hoping to play it safe, but I sliced it and went into the forest,” Martin said about the fateful eighth hole.

Martin thought he could save the hole by hitting his next shot between a couple of trees, but his attempt backfired when the shot strayed, hitting one of the trees and landing back at his feet.

“Skyler had it going today but then he hit the wall,” coach Steve Dodson said. “Still, I’m very pleased with his effort. He had a bad hole, but he was able to pull it back together and finish out the round fairly well.”

Martin would have needed perfection Monday to keep pace with the leader Ahern, who finished his round eight strokes under par. The D’Evelyn senior was one of five prep golfers who finished the round under par. Valor Christian’s Clark Wyndham is second at 67, Air Academy’s Cam Harrell is third at 68, Pueblo South’s Jimmy Makloski is fourth at 70, and Valor Christian’s Spencer Sheets is fifth at 71.

The state tournament continues today with the final 18 holes. Martin hopes for a repeat of Monday’s round minus his setbacks.

“I think I will be a lot more calm,” Martin said. “Now that I know what state is all about, I should be able to play a lot more relaxed.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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