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Steamboat brothers set to tee off at state golf championships

Steamboat Springs High School's Jack Rotermund goes into his backswing on the seventh tee box at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Even Ollie Rotermund himself can recognize it.

A freshman on the Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team, he's prone to getting, um, excited?

His brother, Jack Rotermund, a junior on the squad, on the other hand, keeps things together a little better.

"He's more composed than I am," Ollie said Sunday. "He's got a better mental game."

That passion — visible frustration when he misses a shot but a resounding fist pump when he makes one — does pay off for Ollie, however, and the peace can pay off for Jack, and both Steamboat Springs brothers will put their respective approaches to the test starting Monday for the Class 4A state golf tournament at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.

The players will take on 82 other state qualifiers with one round on Monday and a second on Tuesday.

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"It should be a good test for them," Steamboat coach Andrew Donner said.

The course will be the longest the pair has faced this season, stretching more than 7,000 yards.

Each earned the chance to play Monday and Tuesday with strong performances last month at the regional championships at The Bridges Golf Course in Montrose.

Both brothers carded identical 77s, both shooting two shots better on the back nine than they did on the front nine. That left them in a tie for 12th.

It was the second year in a row qualifying for Jack Rotermund, and it's an accomplishment considering the summer he had. He was held off the course all summer with an injury. He finally started working a little late in the summer, then picked the game back up with just a week to spare before the high school season started.

It took him part of the year to get his legs back under him, but he was in a good place by regionals.

"He started slower than he would have liked, but he's been getting a little better all season, plugging away, and he played well at regionals," Donner said.

For both Jack and Ollie, one big challenge remains.

They won't enter the tournament as favorites, but a couple rounds in the 70s could have them in line for a finish in the top 20.

It’ll take good golf, smart decisions and, in the case of these brothers, both a cool demeanor and a bit of passion.

"I feel confident," Ollie said. "I'm just trying to have some fun with it. I don't really have any expectations. I just want to have fun and enjoy this."

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