Campbell wins Junior Championships |

Campbell wins Junior Championships

— After putting his name at the top of the leaderboard during Tuesday’s Haymaker Junior Championships, Steamboat Springs golfer Tucker Campbell had more than enough time to second-guess his game.

His 18-hole round of 77 was good enough to win the 16-18 age division, but the veteran of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team couldn’t help but wonder if a double-bogey on No. 11 would cost him the overall title as he sat on the clubhouse deck and watched the remaining players come off the course.

“There are still a couple of guys out there who can beat that score. I’ll just have to wait and see,” Campbell said. “That double (bogey), those two strokes, can make a big difference.”

So instead of grabbing his trophy and running, Campbell had to hope that his score would hold up against Sailors teammates Cody Fritz and Kaelen Gunderson, who were in the final group.

In the end, Campbell’s double-bogey didn’t hurt as much as he thought it would. Fritz made a run – and won his age division – but fell one stroke short of the overall title at 78. Gunderson finished two strokes back at 79. Campbell, Fritz and Gunderson were the only golfers to come in under 80. Michael Weston was fourth at 82, Reid Rouse was fifth at 87, and Mick Dierdorff and Jake Dombrowski tied for sixth overall with scores of 88.

For Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson, who also watched the final groups come off the course, the strong showings by veteran members of his team were a welcome sight. He also thinks that it might be an omen of things to come.

“There were a couple of guys missing, but the players from last year’s team (who were here) all had solid rounds,” Dodson said. “Things could be interesting next week. Some of the guys who were on last year’s team might not make it this time around.”

The high school team will hold its first practice of the season Monday. Dodson thinks he could have as many as 40 players try out for the team. That field will be cut to 16 by the end of the week. This year the high school team will have a varsity squad made up of the top five players. The 11 remaining players will make up the junior varsity squad, and there will not be a development squad.

“It’s good news-bad news,” Dodson said. “It’s sad that some of the players who want to be a part of this team are not going to make the cut. But it also means that the players are jazzed to come out for golf and that we will have a competitive team again this year.”

Last year Campbell was one of four players on the Steamboat team to qualify for state. All four are expected to be back, but Campbell has been working hard this summer to make sure he has a spot on the varsity roster.

“This was a good way to wrap up the summer season,” Campbell said. “This is a great tournament because we get to see how the players from the high school team are playing and where we fit into the team.”

Division winners included Campbell in the 16-18 group, Fritz in the 14-15 group, Alan Capistron in the 11-13 group, Zach Rosa in the 8-10 group and Fischer Matthews in the 6-7 group. Steamboat’s Hannah Krats won the girls 6-7 group, and Stephanie Goggin won the girls 16-18 group.

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