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Steamboat golfer qualifies for state

Skyler Martin was the only Sailor to make it through regionals

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs — Skyler Martin didn’t even see the putt go in. — Skyler Martin didn't even see the putt go in.

— Skyler Martin didn't even see the putt go in.

But that sweet, sweet sound of a golf ball going to its home let the Steamboat Springs High School senior know he'd done enough at the regional tournament Tuesday at Cob­­ble Creek in Montrose to qualify for the state golf tournament. The state meet is Oct. 4 and 5 at Flying Horse Country Club in Colorado Springs.

"I had a four-foot, downhill breaking putt on the last hole for par," said Martin, whose 7-over-par 79 was good enough to qualify. "That was the scariest putt I've ever had. It was downhill, and these greens are just so fast."

Martin's day highlighted what was a disappointing finish for three other Steamboat golfers. Isiah Forsyth shot 85, Alan Capistron shot 87 and Patrick Weston shot 91, all falling short of qualifying for the state tournament.

Steamboat had a team score of 251, good enough for fifth out of 11 teams. Cortez won the tournament with a team score of 229. Montrose was second in 232. The Indians also had the low medalist Tuesday, as last year's state runner-up Drew Trujillo shot a 73.

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A round of 81 qualified golfers for the state tournament, an unusually high score. Last year at the regional tournament at Haymaker Golf Course, a round of 80 got golfers into a playoff.

"You have one day to perform," Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said. "With golf, that's a lot of pressure. It just wasn't Alan's day. I feel terrible for Isiah and Patrick, as well. They're all seniors, and it comes down to one day."

Dodson said the course at Cobble Creek was in great shape and was set up to be difficult, with tough pin placements. Martin who shot a 78 there earlier this season, said the Montrose course rapidly has become one of his favorites.

He didn't have a birdie on the day but was consistent throughout, carding five bogies, a double and 12 pars.

"What you see is what you get," Martin said. "There are not a lot of tricky holes."

Now, Martin preps for the state tournament in Colorado Springs. He didn't know much about the course, which opened in 2005.

From the championship tees, the par-72 course plays 7,295 yards.

"My goal is just hit my greens and play consistent golf," Martin said. "Just put my round together like I usually do, and we'll see what happens."

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail

Sailors golf scores at regionals

Skyler Martin: 79

Isiah Forsyth: 85

Alan Capistron: 87

Patrick Weston: 91

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