Steamboat golf looks to ace Regional Tournament

Steamboat Springs seniors Michael DiNapoli, Charlie Reisman and Brady Adams, along with junior Jack Fisher, have all been selected to represent the Sailors golf team in the 4A Boys Region 4 Regional Tournament at Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction on Wednesday. 

Their selection was based primarily on their tournament averages throughout the regular season, as well as attendance and attitude in practices and competitions. 

While only three player scores count per team at the regional, a full team can still advance to the state competition by placing in the top two; otherwise the next 13 best individual player scores will advance. 

“I think one of our goals would be to be one of those two teams, and I think we can do that if we play smart and we maintain our focus on Wednesday,” Sailors coach Josh Dunahoe said. “Other than that, my goal for them would be to have everybody break 90. Shooting below 90, I would call that a success.”

On Tuesday morning, the Sailors made the trip to Grand Junction for a practice round in the afternoon. All but Adams had played the course earlier this season, where Steamboat finished sixth overall but third within the region. 

DiNapoli was the team leader, shooting a 79, while Reisman and Fisher took 84 and 87 strokes respectively. 

Dunahoe believes having previous course knowledge and taking a practice round will be a huge advantage. He likes the Sailors’ chances. 

“We are going to look at where the biggest margin for error is out on the course and where to hit their shots where if they hit a bad one, they won’t be in trouble,” Dunahoe said. “The main strategy is finding out where the course will let you score from.”

Steamboat senior Michael DiNapoli tees off during the Sailor Invitational at Haymaker Golf Course on Sept. 12.
Gerardo Mendoza/Courtesy Photo

Should some or all four Sailors advance to the state championship, they will play at Bridges Golf and Country Club in Montrose on Oct. 2-3. 

Dunahoe said the improvements made over the past seven weeks has led to some really promising golf from his team. The consistency in shot execution has been the biggest difference from the first tournament of the year to now. 

The Sailors are approaching their shots with higher confidence than ever and Dunahoe hopes to see more of that in the first tee box Wednesday morning. DiNapoli will lead the charge for Steamboat, teeing off at 9:40 a.m. with Reisman, Fisher and Adams to follow in 10-minute intervals.

“We’ve got three seniors going, and they are really pumped to make one last playoff push,” Dunahoe said. “This is their last season, so they are pretty amped about it.”

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