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Steamboat Sailors golf fifth in home tourney Thursday at Haymaker

Steamboat’s Colton Sankey watches his ball after trying to chip onto the green Thursday during a high school golf tournament at Haymaker Golf Course.

There would be no home-course miracle for the Steamboat Springs High School golf team Thursday, but Sailors coach Andrew Donner said there was improvement from the young team, already five events deep into its fall season.

Steamboat played host to 17 teams from around the region at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs on Thursday. The home town squad ended up fifth.

"We saw some improvement," Donner said. "We're trending the way we did last year, when we started out a little slowly, then started playing better."

Montrose won the day, both overall as a team, with a combined score of 218, and individually, as Dawson Hussong carded the low round of the day at 69.

Grand Junction was second at 225 and Basalt third at 228. Fruita finished fourth with 237 and Steamboat fifth at 244.

The Sailors were led by Tommy Henninger, who shot a 79. The Rotermund brothers — Jack's a junior and Ollie a freshman — weren't far behind. Ollie Rotermund shot a 82 and Jack Rotermund an 83.

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For Ollie, Thursday certainly didn't mark his first tournament, but it did mark his first home high school tournament. Playing the sport in high school has taken some getting used to, he said.

"It was alright today. I missed a few shots," Ollie said. "It's more of a team sport in high school, so you have to work together as a team, but you also want to have the individual part of it. I like it a little more. It takes some pressure off of you, so you can have a little more fun, rather than going down to Denver and playing some tough kids when it's just you. It’s fun to have friends on your team."

Jack wasn't overly thrilled with his performance, either.

"My ball striking was off today," he said. "When you make a big mistake, you have to learn to recover from that and not let it drag into the holes after that.

Colton Sankey shot an 87 for Steamboat and Beck Kuhlman a 90.

"I played horrible today, but I have fun out there, even when I'm not playing well," said Kuhlman, another freshman new to the prep varsity golf experience.

"It's been great, so far, really awesome," Kuhlman said. "I love traveling with the team and hanging out with the team. I've played in a lot of other tournaments that are individually based. This is a lot different, and I find it a lot of fun."

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