Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson, left, and sophomore Erik Sobeck stand in front of a banner at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor during the 2011 state high school golf championships.

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Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson, left, and sophomore Erik Sobeck stand in front of a banner at the Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor during the 2011 state high school golf championships.

Steamboat's Sobeck fades on final day at state golf

Golfer hopes experience will fuel another trip to state

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Results

2011 Class 4A Golf Championships

1 Wyndham Clark, Valor Christian 64-64-128

2 Jack Adolfson, Silver Creek 68-68-136

3 Dylan Wonnacott, Silver Creek 68-69-137

4 Jack Stimple, Cheyenne Mountain 75-66-141

5 Nick Reisch, Broomfield 70-72-142

5 Kolten Kyne, Montrose 70-72-142

7 Dylan Mitchell, Summit 70-75-145

7 Kyle Peterson, Evergreen 70-75-145

9 Jimmy Makloski, Pueblo South 75-71-146

9 Josh Seiple, Valor Christian 75-71-146

63 Erik Sobeck, Steamboat 79-87-166

— You could hear the disappointment in Erik Sobeck’s voice Tuesday afternoon as he talked about the second round of the 2011 Class 4A Boys Golf Championships from the Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor.

“I struggled the entire round,” Sobeck said. “I just didn’t have the confidence in my swing today.”

That lack of confidence added up to strokes on the course for the Steamboat Springs sophomore who shot a 43 on the front nine and 44 on the backside to finish his round at 87. Tuesday’s score, combined with Sobeck’s first round score of 79, put the Steamboat Springs golfer tied with two other golfers in 63rd place for the tournament with a score of 166.

“He got off to a great start,” coach Steve Dodson said. “He missed a 10-foot putt for birdie on the first hole and was able to knock it in for par. But he had a couple of wayward shots on the next couple of holes and lost confidence in his swing.”

Dodson said the harder the young golfer worked to find his swing, the more things started to unravel.

“Every golfer has days like that,” Dodson said. “The golf gods were not with us, and golf can be an evil game when things are not going your way.”

Despite the rough day, Dodson said he was encouraged by what he saw from Sobeck on the course and thinks the experience may help him down the road.

“I’m so proud of the way Erik carried himself on the course,” Dodson said. “He never lost his cool. He never slammed a club into the ground or lost his temper. He is a class act, and that says a lot.”

Sobeck is hoping to use Tuesday’s round to fuel his desire to get back to state and play again next year. He knows he can do better and doesn’t feel like the final round shows what he is capable of at state.

“It was a great experience,” Sobeck said. “I really liked the atmosphere and the crowds of people who came out to watch. … I can’t wait to get back out on the golf course, and I want to get back to state next year. I think I’ve got something to prove.”

Sobeck thanked coach Dodson along with Tom Taylor and Luke Brosterhous for their support this season and said he never could have gotten to state without their help.

Valor Christian’s Wyndham Clark proved once again that he is one of the top players in the state. For the second day in a row, the Valor Christian senior recorded the lowest round at 64 and finished in first place with a two-day total of 128. Silver Creek High School’s Jack Adolfson placed second at 136, and his teammate Dylan Wonnacott was third at 137.

The top finishes helped Silver Creek collect this year’s team title with a combined score of 420. Valor Christian was second at 425, and Pueblo South finished third with a score of 455.

— To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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