No titles, no disappointment |

No titles, no disappointment

Sailors finish sixth at Class 4A state golf tournament

Steamboat Springs' Paul Berry Tees off on hole No. 17 during Tuesday's class 4A high school golf championships in Steamboat Springs. Berry finished the day with a 71 and placed ninth in the final standings.
John F. Russell

— There were no state titles for the Steamboat Springs Sailors at this year’s Class 4A state golf tournament.

But that doesn’t mean the players or coaches were disappointed with the tournament or the Sailors’ sixth-place finish.

“You can’t expect yourself to win it,” senior Paul Berry said after shooting a 71 on the final day and finishing ninth overall with a combined score of 146. “I had as good of an opportunity as anybody, and I didn’t make it happen yesterday. That’s just the way it goes. I came back today and put a good round together.”

With powerhouses like Kent Denver, Cheyenne Mountain and Greeley Central at the top of the leader board after Monday’s opening round, the Steamboat players knew moving up in the standings would be a difficult task. The team was sixth after the first round.

The team got a boost from Berry’s 71 and junior Michael Weston’s 78.

“I was happy with those scores, but I wish I could have done better,” Weston said. “It was just a couple of holes that screwed me up, but I still feel pretty confident about my game.”

Weston said Tuesday’s front nine was a little shaky, but he was able to pull it together on the back with a couple of strong holes

“I found my focus and it paid off,” Weston said. “I shot even on the back, so it paid off.”

Tuesday also was a better day for Billy Taylor who took two strokes off of his opening round by finishing with an 82.

“I hit the ball a lot better and I didn’t lose any golf balls,” Taylor said. “If I would have putted like yesterday it would have been a great round.”

The tournament marked the final high school rounds for both Berry and Campbell. Campbell opened the state tournament with a 79 but slipped off the pace on the second day. But the Steamboat Springs senior wasn’t about to let a final round 84 wreck an otherwise memorable season.

“I didn’t play my best today, but it was a lot of fun,” Campbell said. “This whole season was better (than last year). All the time I spent practicing last summer really paid off.”

Campbell hopes the example set by this year’s seniors will inspire next year’s team to continue the team’s current string of successes. Campbell hopes the level of commitment, and dedication displayed by this year’s seniors will continue.

“I want to thank these four kids,” coach Steve Dodson said. “They have been a joy to be around and a privilege to coach. I’m going to miss Tucker and Paul – they were quality individuals and it was fun being around them.”

Dodson said he thought this year’s state tournament was a huge success and would not have been possible without the hard work of Haymaker pro Hank Franks, superintendent Bill Whelihan and the staff at the Haymaker Golf Course.

Dodson said he was happy with the Sailors’ finish, noting that the team’s sixth place finish was an improvement from last year.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the golf committee and the community that’s helped support our program,” Dodson said. “They’re the ones that make this possible.”

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