Sailors swing to second on home turf
Steamboat Invitational Golf Tournament team standings
1 Montrose 217
2 Steamboat Springs 227
2 Grand Junction 227
4 Delta 232
5 Basalt 234
6 Eagle Valley 235
7 Fruita Monument 241
8 Summit 244
9 Battle Mountain 260
10 Moffat County 264
11 Gunnison 266
12 Grand Junction Central 286
Steamboat Invitational Golf Tournament scores
1 Glen-Michael Mihavetz, Montrose 69
2 Barrett Jones, Eagle Valley 70
2 Trevor Olkowski, Grand Junction 70
4 Dawson Hussong, Montrose 72
5 Christian Hall, Delta 73
6 Jason Coffey, Fruita Monument 74
7 Nolan Sankey, Steamboat 75
7 Linc Kleager, Basalt 75
9 Jack Rotermund, Steamboat 76
9 Tommy Henninger, Steamboat 76
9 Micah Stangebye, Montrose 76
12 Holden Kleager, Basalt 77
12 Mike Bingham, Moffat County 77
14 Graham Gaspard, Summit 78
14 Canon Olkowski, Grand Junction 78
16 Tanner Caldarola, Eagle Valley 79
16 Blake Schneiter, Grand Junction 79
16 KC Carlson, Delta 79
19 Blake Reiher, Delta 80
20 Logan Wood, Delta 81
21 Blake Exelbert, Basalt 82
21 Drew Derrieux, Grand Junction 82
23 Cameron Woodland, Summit 83
23 Nick Laubscher, Fruita Monument 83
23 Keegan Canceloi, Summit 83
23 Tyler Staughton, Battle Mountain 83
23 Jack McNamara, Steamboat 83
28 Jacob Taulman, Steamboat 84
28 Tyler Horn, Summit 84
28 Ryan Lords, Montrose 84
28 Blake Andersen, Fruita Monument 84
32 Michael Sandoval, Eagle Valley 86
32 Aidan Sokup, Eagle Valley 86
32 Joseph Cummings, Gunnison 86
32 Tate Higgins, GJ Central 86
36 Sean Kennedy, Fruita Monument 87
36 Dylan Frazier, Gunnison 87
38 Jaydin Berta, Fruita Monument 88
38 Hays Braner, Summit 88
38 Parker Woods, Battle Mountain 88
41 Creek Kamby, Battle Mountain 89
42 Tanner Korn, Basalt 91
43 Matthew Bohling, Delta 92
43 Connor Etzler, Moffat County 92
45 Bryson Van Hee, Gunnison 93
46 Drew Broadhurst, Basalt 94
46 Isaiah Mallory, Grand Junction 94
48 Torin Reed, Moffat County 95
49 Zach Marshall, Gunnison 96
50 Zach Booth, Eagle Valley 97
51 Kyle Blair GJ Central 98
52 Dalton Huckins, Gunnison 99
53 Wade Woodard, GJ Central 102
54 Allen Wolf, GJ Central 107
54 Alex Parliment, Battle Mountain 107
56 Zach Coffin, Lake County 119
57 Gavin Laing, Lake County 128
58 Brandon Diehl, GJ Central 131
Steamboat Springs — Nolan Sankey can admit last week was bad.
A senior on the Steamboat Springs High School golf team, Sankey came into the season as one of the squad’s only carryovers from last year’s varsity team. He opened the season as the team’s No. 1 player.
He didn’t play like it, however, struggling through the season’s first three tournaments.
“Those were a couple of my worst rounds,” he said. “I wasn’t striking the ball well and that got to me around the greens. I got flustered and made some high numbers.”
All three rounds came in at more than 90 strokes, not competitive in high school golf.
Finally Tuesday, back on the familiar turf of Steamboat’s Haymaker Golf Course, it came together.
Sankey shot a 75 to lead the Sailors to a second-place finish at their home course.
“I’ve been working about coming though the ball better, and today, that really clicked,” he said. “I was able to play my misses correctly when I had them and was able to go after some of the things I knew I could go after.”
That left Sankey tied for seventh individually.
Shaving 20 shots off the scores he was carding last week was something to celebrate.
“I felt like I had more pressure on me, because I was playing the No. 1 spot and because it was my senior year,” Sankey said. “It was really nice to come out today and play like this.”
Steamboat got more than just one good round Tuesday.
Two more came from a pair of the youngest varsity players on the team. Sophomore Jack Rotermund and freshman Tommy Henninger each shot 76 to fill out the team’s three scoring positions.
They finished tied for ninth.
Other varsity players included Jack McNamara, who shot an 83, and Jacob Taulman, who shot an 84.
Overall, it amounted to the best tournament of the young season for Steamboat, second with 227 strokes and tied with Grand Junction.
“I’m incredibly happy for the kids. They played really, really well,” Steamboat coach Andrew Donner said. “Those scores reflect where our ability can be.”
Montrose ran away with the tournament, carding a 217 on the strength of Glen-Michael Mihavetz’s first-place score of 69. Barrett Jones, of Eagle Valley, and Trevor Olkowski, of Grand Junction, tied for second after each shot a 70.
Having packed five events into the first 10 days of competition, Steamboat now has a whooping six days off before heading to Grand Junction Monday for more action.
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