Sailor golfers score well at regional, qualify three golfers
Steamboat Springs — Monday marked the end of the season for many high school golfers as regional tournaments took place across the state, but three golfers from Steamboat Springs extended their seasons with some of the best rounds they have shot all year.
“They played great,” coach Andrew Donner said. “It was the best we have played all season — bar none. “
Steamboat senior Nolan Sankey and freshman Tommy Henninger led the team with rounds of 77 and will be headed to the state tournament after tying for 10th place in the regional field at the Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita. They will be joined at state by sophomore Jack Rotermund, who finished in 15th place with a round of 79.
Steamboat’s final player senior Jacob Taulmann shot an 80 and just missed his shot at state after failing to qualify in a three-player shoot-out to determine the final golfer. He will be the second alternate.
“It’s tough when one of your seniors doesn’t make the cut,” Donner said. “But he played really well. He just had a couple of bad breaks out there. That’s golf.”
The top 13 individuals in the field, who are not on one of the two teams that qualify for state, are invited to the tournament.
Montrose won Monday’s regional tournament with a combined score of 221. Evergreen was second with 231. All of the players from those two teams earned invitations to the state tournament.
Steamboat placed third with a team score of 233.
Montrose’s Micah Stangeby shot a 69 to win individual honors at the regional tournament. He was followed by Eagle Valley golfer Barrett Jones, who finished two strokes back, one-under-par, to finish second, and Summit’s Graham Gaspard, who shot a 73 to take third.
Now the three Steamboat players who made the cut will turn their attention to state, which will take place Sept. 26 and 27 at the River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.
Donner said the course is similar to the Haymaker — a course the Sailors practice on for most of the season.
“It’s very similar to Haymaker, which should be a huge advantage for our players,” Donner said.
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