Steamboat High School golf team takes 4th in Aspen |

Steamboat High School golf team takes 4th in Aspen

Luke Graham

— In the last preparation before the regional golf tournament, Steamboat Springs High School ran into many of the same problems the team has faced all season.

But like most of the season, the Sailors' finish suggests there are small beacons of hope for qualifying the team for the state tournament.

Steamboat finished fourth Tuesday in Aspen, carding a team score of 243.

Battle Mountain was first with 232. Aspen was second at 238, and Fruita was third at 241.

"The golf courses are still getting the better of us," Steamboat coach Steve Dodson said. "We got to learn to play all 18 holes consistently and not have a few good holes and then a few bad ones. Come regionals, we can't afford those types of lapses within the round."

Battles with ups and downs and struggles with the short game have dotted Steamboat's year.

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Like Tuesday and most of the season, Steamboat had a new guy lead the charge.

Skyler Martin scored a 78 to lead Steamboat, his round the one mark of consistency during the day. Martin's round included 11 pars and seven bogies.

"Personally, I'm feeling really good," Martin said. "Putting and around the green, I've become really, really strong."

Alan Capistron shot 79, Jack Lupori and Patrick Weston shot 86 and Isiah Forsyth shot 87. Sam Scheer made the trip and played, but his 81 didn't count toward the team score.

Steamboat now prepares for the regional tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose.

The team leaves Sunday and will walk the course.

On Monday, the Sailors will play a practice round before the real thing begins Tuesday.

Dodson said the Aspen Golf Course was a good preview of Cobble Creek, as the courses share similar features, most notably the large, sloping greens.

With a week to go before regionals, Dodson said the team would focus most of its efforts on the short game, with a big emphasis on putting.

"We'll be working a lot on downhill putts," he said. "We'll be working on side hill, curling putts and how to read them. We'll work on our iron play. Our distance control is still getting us in trouble. We're overshooting or undershooting greens. If we can eliminate some of those, we'll be right in the hunt."

The task now is paring the Steamboat roster down to four golfers, the allotted number allowed to play at regionals.

Dodson said he would sit down with assistant coach Tom Taylor and discuss the options before Thursday.

Steamboat's top competition at regionals likely will come from Montrose, Moffat County, Battle Mountain and Cortez.

Steamboat finished seventh overall at Cobble Creek on Sept. 2. The team was third overall in Class 4A.

Steamboat Shootout still fielding players

The 2010 Steamboat Shootout golf tournament to benefit area junior and high school golf programs is Monday. The tournament starts with registration at 10 a.m. at Catamount Ranch & Club, and the shotgun start is at noon. The format is a four-person shamble, where each player hits a drive, the best one is taken and then players play their own ball from there. Registration is $175 per player. Those interested can call Steve Dodson at 970-846-4223 or Tom Taylor at 970-846-4420.


Steamboat Springs High School golf scores from Tuesday in Aspen

Team score — 243 (fourth overall)

Skyler Martin — 78

Alan Capistron — 79

Jack Lupori — 86

Patrick Weston — 86

Isiah Forsyth — 87

Sam Scheer — 81*

*Score didn’t count toward team score. Team score includes top three scorers.

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