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Steamboat golfers prep for regional tourney

Luke Graham

— In a season-long search for consistency, the Steamboat Springs High School golf team hopes to finally find it today.

In some ways, however, today just isn't fair for high school golfers. It's the one and only chance they have to qualify for the state golf tournament.

For Steamboat's four golfers — Alan Capistron, Isiah Forsyth, Patrick Weston and Skyler Martin — today also is an opportunity to finally put it all together at the regional tournament.

The four golfers tee off today at Cobble Creek in Montrose, a course they walked Sunday and played a practice round Monday.

Steamboat played the course earlier this season, carding a team score of 239, good enough for third place.

But in what seems to be a constant, each golfer threw away shots in the round.

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Take Capistron, who earlier carded a 79 at Cobble Creek despite playing 1-under-par for his last 10 holes.

For Capistron and the other three, finding consistency today will be the key.

"We've struggled with that throughout the season," Steam­­boat coach Steve Dodson said. "Like I said before, it comes down to one day, one tournament to see if you go to state. You just can't afford to have any lapses come" today.

At Montrose earlier this season, Martin shot 78, Forsyth shot 85 and Weston shot 86.

Each said in their round there were a stretch of holes that ballooned their scores. The team has been putting in due diligence to correct that, working with multiple coaches on breathing exercises.

The top overall team qualifies, and the next nine individuals not from that team qualify for the state meet.

The state golf meet is Oct. 4 and 5 at Flying Horse Golf Club in Colorado Springs.

"I've seen all of us shoot in the mid-70s," Capistron said. "That's what it's going to take. But we've all done it a number of times."

Cobble Creek should set up well for Steamboat. The course features big greens and provides an opportunity for golfers to shoot low.

The par-5 holes are mostly reachable. The course also has long par-3 holes and multiple par-4 holes that tempt golfers to go for it.

Dodson said the key is for each player to play within himself. Although all four are seniors, only Capistron and Martin have played at regionals before.

"It was the most nerve-racking first shot ever," Martin said about last year's regional. "They have everyone around the first tee. They announce your name. It's the most nerve-racking shot in the world. I've already seen that once, but it's still going to be scary."

Cortez, Montrose, Moffat County and Battle Mountain are expected to battle with Steamboat for the regional title.

Cortez has been the most consistent this season, and the other schools feature golfers that can go low.

But Dodson said he's confident in his four, especially if they can find consistency for all 18 holes.

"We have to limit the unforced errors and just have a clean round," Dodson said. "It's playing smart. It's not necessarily about how good your good shots are; it's how bad are your bad shots? If our bad shots end up where you can get up and down and save par, that's OK."

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