Steamboat Springs golf team opens season with a win

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Steamboat Springs: 230

Erik Sobeck, junior: 80

Sam Samlowski, senior: 82

Brandon Martin, sophomore: 75

Spencer Petersen, sophomore: 88

Andrew Firestone, sophomore: 75

2012 Sailors boys golf schedule

— Hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come.

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team started its 2012 season Thursday by carding the lowest Class 4A score at Battlement Mesa Golf Club.

The Sailors shot a 230, nine shots back of Class 5A Fruita-Monument.

“I’m really pleased,” coach Steve Dodson said. “I saw a lot of good shots. I saw a lot of thinking and processing through the round. I’m happy with it.”

Brandon Martin and Andrew Firestone led the way, each shooting 3-over-par 75s.

Erik Sobeck shot an 80, Sam Samlowski shot an 82 and Spencer Petersen shot an 88.

The experience of this year’s team already is paying off. Last year’s team shot a 250 in its first tournament of the year.

“Even though they are young, they’re seasoned veterans,” Dodson said. “It came together for them today. But tomorrow it could be gone. This a game borrowed, not owned.”

Firestone’s and Martin’s rounds were textbook consistency.

Firestone hit 14 greens in regulation. He made 14 pars, a birdie, two bogies and a double bogey.

“I just kept on parring,” he said. “I was just hitting greens and two-putting.”

Martin’s round included plenty of pars and was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fifth.

Martin said his goal was to keep the ball in play, something he sometimes struggles with. But Thursday, he took no penalty strokes.

Despite an uncharacteristic 35 putts, he said he was happy with his opening round.

“It started off right,” he said. “It must get better. That’s what I’m thinking.”

Even with the strong opening, Steamboat should get a better test Monday when the team plays Bookcliff Golf Course in Grand Junction. The field likely will be deeper, including top regional threats Montrose and possibly Cortez.

Thursday’s win, though, “will let people know that we’re around,” Dodson said. “Montrose and Cortez weren’t there and they have strong teams. I know we’ll see Montrose on Monday. But we’ll continue to improve and do the right thing on the golf course.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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