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Sailors swing to second on home turf

Steamboat Springs High School freshman Tommy Henninger watches a shot fly Tuesday at Haymaker Golf Course. The Sailors got a strong round from senior Nolan Sankey and good rounds from sophomore Jack Rotermund and from Henninger to place second overall at the event.
Joel Reichenberger

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

— 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.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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