No gimmes for golf team |

No gimmes for golf team

Competition for high school squad expected to be plentiful

— Summer will come to an end Monday for junior golfers hoping to earn a spot on this year’s Steamboat Springs High School team.

Sailors coach Steve Dodson said he expects a large turnout when high school team hopefuls meets at 2 p.m. Monday at Haymaker Golf Course.

“We should have a real good mix of veteran leadership and newcomers this season,” Dodson said. “We are looking forward to a successful season with a bunch of really good players.”

In fact, Dodson and fellow coach Scott Berry are afraid they may have too many good players. Based on interest expressed by students last spring and this summer, Dodson expects between 35 and 40 players to show up for tryouts. The coaches will keep only the top 16 players for this year’s varsity and junior varsity teams.

“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.”

Paul Berry, Tucker Campbell, Cody Fritz and Michael Weston last year represented the Sailors at the state championships in Denver.

Berry and Campbell, both seniors, will return this season along with Fritz, a sophomore, and Weston, a junior.

But those players still will have to prove themselves this week on the golf course to earn a spot on the team, Dodson said.

Seniors Billy Taylor, Jake Dombrowski and Kenyon Brenner will look to step up to the varsity squad this season. They have spent the summer fine-tuning their games.

“I think I will have seven players on the varsity team,” Dodson said. “But at this point I have no idea who they are going to be.”

Dodson hopes the limited number of spots on this year’s team doesn’t deter players from trying out, or discourage junior golfers from pursuing the game even if they don’t make the team.

“This is a competitive situation,” Dodson said. “I hope the golfers who don’t make the team will go out and work harder so that next year they can earn a spot.”

Dodson and Berry will not have a lot of time to evaluate players. The first practice is scheduled for Monday, team tryouts are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the varsity team will play its first tournament of the season Thursday in Battlement Mesa.

“This isn’t a team you can just sign up for and expect to make,” Dodson said. “These golfers are going to have to impress the coaching staff if they want to hang around.”

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