Steamboat golf soars in Grand Junction

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— Sure, it’s early, but the Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team embarked on a critical stretch of its season Monday, playing in Grand Junction in the first of back-to-back-to-back competitions.

“I was looking at these three days to be a real indicator of where we’re at with our game and our team,” Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said.

Monday provided the first returns, and the results were positively positive. Steamboat finished second in the tournament and was the top Class 4A team, finishing with a score of 219 to Grand Junction’s 211.

“Things went very well,” Dodson said. “That’s the lowest we’ve scored in a long time. The kids were all playing with a great deal of confidence.”

Leading the way was Britt Walton, who paced the Sailors with a 71, par for the course.

Walton said his putter caused him trouble late, erasing an early two-under score and ruining an eagle opportunity on the back nine.

It certainly didn’t erase a great performance, however.

“My putting was either one putt or three putts,” he said. “My ball striking was really good today, so that really helped out. Overall, it was really good. I played really well.”

Brandon Martin was right on his heels, finishing with a one-over 72. Spencer Petersen had a 76, Will Firestone an 81 and Andrew Firestone an 84.

“We have four or five pretty consistent guys at all times,” Martin said. “Last year, we had three or four, and now we have a full five who are always going to be there. We have a much more solid team.”

The team is back in action in Grand Junction again today.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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