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Short on experience, golf team tees off

Steamboat Springs High School senior Jack McNamara, left, and a pack of Sailors watch as his drive carries down the fairway at Haymaker Golf Course during a practice last week. The high school's golf team opened its season Monday.
Joel Reichenberger

2016 Steamboat Springs High School boys golf schedule

Monday — at Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Grand Valley

Tuesday — at EagleVail Golf Course, Battle Mountain

Wednesday — at Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Eagle Valley

Aug. 22 — at Yampa Valley Golf Course, Moffat County

Aug. 23 — home at Haymaker Golf Course

Aug. 29 — at Bookcliff Golf Course, Grand Junction

Aug. 30 — at Tiara Rado Golf Club, Grand Junction Central

Sept. 7 — at Lakota Canyon Golf Course, Coal Ridge

Sept. 8 — at Keystone Golf and Country Club, Summit

Sept. 12 — at Vail Golf Club, Vail Mountain

— The Steamboat Springs High School golf team teed off Monday, opening the fall sports season for local prep athletes, and the Sailors’ results didn’t come as a surprise.

2016 Steamboat Springs High School boys golf schedule

Monday — at Battlement Mesa Golf Course, Grand Valley

Tuesday — at EagleVail Golf Course, Battle Mountain

Wednesday — at Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Eagle Valley

Aug. 22 — at Yampa Valley Golf Course, Moffat County

Aug. 23 — home at Haymaker Golf Course

Aug. 29 — at Bookcliff Golf Course, Grand Junction

Aug. 30 — at Tiara Rado Golf Club, Grand Junction Central

Sept. 7 — at Lakota Canyon Golf Course, Coal Ridge

Sept. 8 — at Keystone Golf and Country Club, Summit

Sept. 12 — at Vail Golf Club, Vail Mountain

Steamboat came within a stroke of winning the regional championship a year ago but graduated all four of its top scoring players from that team.

That showed Monday as the team finished in the middle of the pack in its first tournament, playing at Battlement Mesa Golf Club near Parachute.

“It was a little rough,” coach Andrew Donner said in summary.

This year’s team sports three seniors, and all three played Monday. Jacob Taulman shot an 89, second best on the team. Jack McNamara was in at 90 and Nolan Sankey at 91.

Young players will have to play a much larger role this season than they did last, however, and that too was evident Monday.

The team was led by sophomore Jack Rotermund, who carded an 84. Tommy Henniger, a freshman, also played varsity and came in with a 92.

No matter their class, few of the team entered Monday’s action with significant tournament experience.

“We’re an incredibly young team. Even our seniors are tournament young and don’t have all that much tournament experience under their belts,” Donner said. “Really, I could see us having a few early season struggles, getting our feet wet in these tournaments, then getting used to tournament golf and building throughout the season.”

The team will certainly have a chance to do that this week.

Monday’s tournament was the first of three consecutive days of play for the Sailors. Next up is a tournament Tuesday at EagleVail Golf Course. Wednesday, Steamboat is back at it again at Gypsum Creek Golf Course.

“I like it, having three right off the bat,” Donner said. “It’s a really fast and furious season, so, good, let’s get in there and get going. It gives them a barometer to say, ‘This is where we have to get to,’ and it gives them a real clear picture of what they need to work on.”

After this week’s Interstate 70 tour, the Sailors return to the Yampa Valley for a pair of tournaments next week. The team tees off at Moffat County’s Yampa Valley Golf Course Monday, then plays at home at Haymaker Golf Course on Aug. 23.

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


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