Steamboat Springs High School golf squad struggles Monday, Tuesday |

Steamboat Springs High School golf squad struggles Monday, Tuesday

— A strong start to the season hit a speed bump Monday and Tuesday for the Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team, but even in scores termed somewhat disappointing, coach Steve Dodson said he saw progress in some areas.

The team placed fourth overall at Bookcliff Golf Course near Grand Junction on Tuesday, then was third at Redlands Mesa Golf Course nearby a day later.

"We're a little disappointed because we felt like we were on a role coming off last week's win at Gypsum and the low score medalist at Rifle," Dodson said. "We had a difficult time with our putting stats these past two days, and we have to work a little in that department."

Senior Erik Sobek personified the team's up-and-down, two-day swing as well as anyone. He actually proved the most consistent overall golfer, leading the team with a 77 Monday and finishing second on the team with a 79 Tuesday.

"I definitely could have been a couple strokes lower both days," he said. "It was consistent at the end, but not as consistent as you might think on the second day. I had three birdies and an eagle, then three double bogeys. Each round ended consistent, but was a roller coaster inside."

Andrew Firestone had the team's best score on the weekend, carding a 76 Tuesday. Brandon Martin had an 81 on that course a day after shooting a 78. Britt Walton also cracked the top three Monday, finishing at 82.

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"I haven't been striking the ball very well the past couple of weeks, and today I hit the ball OK," Firestone said. "I hit 12 greens, which is pretty good for me right now. I still need to hit more greens in my rounds, but otherwise I'm doing OK."

The team returns to action Tuesday at the Tiara Rado Golf Course near Grand Junction.

“We have a little to work on, but we can take some positives out of each tournament and move on,” Dodson said.

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