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Steamboat golf falls 1 stroke short of victory

Ben Ingersoll

Erik Sobeck watches his chip onto the sixth green Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Sobeck shot 82 for Steamboat

— 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.

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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."

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com

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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

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