Lauinger takes home Cowboy Shootout golf tournament |

Lauinger takes home Cowboy Shootout golf tournament

— Strake Jesuit junior Chris Lauinger will have plenty of things to tell his Houston classmates about when he returns to school in a few weeks.

His friends might find it hard to believe he won an Old West shootout, but that’s exactly what the 16-year-old golfer, who has spent the past month vacationing in Steamboat Springs, did Wednesday afternoon at the Steamboat Golf Club. He shot a round of 71 to win the annual Cowboy Shootout junior golf tournament.

“I read about the golf tournament in the newspaper and decided to come out and play,” Lauinger said. “I’ve played five or six tournaments this summer. I’ve been looking for some tournaments in this area, so that I can keep on top of my game.”

On Wednesday the golfer finished on top of the 16 to 18 age division. Local favorite Tucker Campbell finished in second at 72, Cam Fritz was third at 78 Jace Hvambsal, was fourth with a 79.

“It was an up and down day,” Lauinger said. “I eagled No. 1 the first time around and then birdied the hole the second time. But I also had six bogeys and a double bogey on the final hole.”

Campbell, who graduated from Steamboat Springs High School this spring, was happy with his round.

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“I had a couple of three- putts on the back nine, but I saved the round with four pars to finish out the round,” Campbell said.

Campbell was a member of the high school golf team last fall. He graduated in the spring, but is holding out hope that he can land a spot with a college program in the near future. Campbell said he hasn’t been playing as many tournaments this summer, but didn’t want to miss the chance to play in the Cowboy Shootout.

“This tournament is just a lot of fun,” Campbell said. “I like to come out and hang out with the other players, and it’s pretty laid back.”

Lauren Quirch, another player from Houston, not only showed up the locals Wednesday, but showed up the other eight boys in the 14 to 15 age division with a winning round of 77. She was the only girl.

“I was a little intimidated at first, but I don’t mind playing against the boys,” Quirch said.

She took advantage of the course’s tight nature, and was able to match the other players in the division playing from the women’s tees. She said the layout of the very technical Steamboat Golf Club, was a definite advantage.

Quirch attends Elkins High School in Houston, where she is a sophomore. Her family also was visiting Steamboat for an extended period of time, and she jumped at the chance to get on the course and play in a tournament format.

Steamboat’s Tate Tellier was second at 80 and Ty Hvambsal, also from Steamboat, was third at 82. Skyler Martin was fourth at 84.

Sam Samlowski won the 12- and 13-year-old division with a round of 45. He beat Zephyr Erickson, who finished second at 47, and Daniel Moran, who finished in third at 48.

Corbin Diehl won the 10- and 11-year-old division with a round of 54, Brandon Martin was second at 57 and Nick Fox was third at 61. David Moran and Joe Hiltebrand tied fourth with rounds of 62.

Jake Lauinger shot a 21 on five holes to win the 9-and-under division. Fischer Matthews and Billy Winters tied for second at 36.

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