Steamboat golf falls 1 stroke short of victory
September 4, 2013
Steamboat boys golf scores
Andrew Firestone 79
Britt Walton 79
Brandon Martin 80
Casey Weston 80
Will Firestone 80
Spencer Petersen 81
Erik Sobeck 82
Scott Brown 89
Jack Starkey 90
Noah Bass 92
Drew Williamson 93
Jordan Gorr 94
Jack Coon 96
Nolan Sankey 100
McKenyon King 102
Alex Brownell 103
Jacob Taulman 114
Craig — The Steamboat Springs High School golf team fell just short of the team win Wednesday in a tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.
Grand Junction's 237 topped Steamboat's 238, despite a pair of 79s from the Sailors' Andrew Firestone and Britt Walton.
"We were challenged a little bit by some pin placements and the speed of greens, but we can't seem to pull together a clean round over 18 holes," Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said. "We continue to throw away shots here and there."
Golfers from nine teams across the Western Slope played in the tournament, and many golfers came away with scores higher than they were accustomed to. Dodson, however, didn't want to make excuses, especially with Steamboat's home tournament at Haymaker Golf Course on Thursday.
"I don't really blame it on the golf course; everybody's got to play it," Dodson said. "The team that won is from Grand Junction, so it's not their home course. Sometimes, being at home adds to some more pressure. But I think because of their round (Wednesday), (Thursday) should be a better day."
Palisade came in third at 240, and Moffat County was fourth in 258.
Steamboat's Erik Sobeck shot an 82 and said he never has gotten comfortable on the Craig course.
"This course is especially tough because it's different from Haymaker," Sobeck said. "It's less open, and it's got more trees, so it's hard to get comfortable. I didn't play too badly."
Several other golfers cited difficult pin placements on holes three and nine.
"The pins were so hard, that's the toughest I've ever played them," said Moffat County's Mike Bingham, who shot a career-low 79 and led the Bulldogs to a season-low team score at its home tournament.
Several of the teams that played Wednesday in Craig will play in Steamboat on Thursday.
"I'm not disappointed in how I played," Sobeck said. "I hit it pretty good, and I putted pretty well, so I think I'll be able to put up a good score at Haymaker."
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