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Steamboat golf struggles in Craig

Sailors shoot 257, play Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School golfer Erik Sobeck tees off No. 12 Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. Sobeck shot an 84. He and the rest of his teammates have a 9 a.m. shotgun start today at Haymaker Golf Course.

— It seems when it starts to go for one player, the rest of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team follows.

Continuing its up-and-down season, Steamboat shot a disappointing team score of 257 on Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

Grand Junction won the tournament with a 231, while Montrose was the top Class 4A school with a 237.

"Not the numbers I was looking for," coach Steve Dodson said. "We're young, we're green, we're learning, but we're running out of time."

Leading the Sailors, Erik Sobeck and Sam Samlowski each shot an 84. Brandon Martin shot an 89, Andrew Firestone shot a 93, and Spencer Peterson shot a 95.

The team was coming off one of its better performances last week at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction.

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Dodson said the team had a good week of practice and was primed for a good round on a course the team was relatively familiar with.

But the small, undulating greens seemed to play spoiler to any low rounds.

"It is kind of weird," said Sobeck, who chalked up his rocky round to not keeping the ball in play off the tee. "When one player is playing bad, the entire team plays bad. I don't know. It's weird, but I can't pinpoint it on anything."

If there is good news in store for the Sailors, it's that they get another shot today when the team play its only home tournament of the year on the familiar track of Haymaker Golf Course.

Today's shotgun tournament begins at 9 a.m. Admission is free, and people are encouraged to come watch.

Dodson said he expects the team to shoot much better considering its knowledge of the course.

But if the season has been any indication, who knows what might happen?

"I would chalk (Wednesday) up to inexperience a little bit," he said. "But I can't keep using that excuse, and neither can they. Our consistency just isn't there yet."

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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