Steamboat golfers open season with strong showing at Battlement Mesa |

Steamboat golfers open season with strong showing at Battlement Mesa

— Steamboat Springs golfer Andrew Firestone helped Steamboat grab the top spot for 4A teams at the opening tournament of the season in Battlement Mesa.

Firestone shot a 76 to lead the Sailors to the top 4A spot, second overall to Grand Junction, with a team score of 233. Grand Junction, a 5A team, led the field with a team total of 224.

“It was a good round,” Firestone said after Wednesday’s round. “I hit a lot of greens and was able to two-putt for par. I also had a couple of birdies.”

Coach Steve Dodson said the opening tournament was loaded with 15 teams from across the Western Slope.

“It was the first tournament of the season so everyone was there,” Dodson said.

Dodson said the team left before all the results were tallied but was confident his team would hold onto its second-place finish, and top spot among 4A teams.

“We had three kids in the 70s, which is what we strive for as a team,” Dodson said. “I was pleased with the way the whole team played and kept plugging along.”

Britt Walton finished the round at 78, Spencer Petersen shot a 79 and Brandon Martin come in fourth with a round of 80. Drew Williamson also played, shooting a 92 for the day.

The team will return home this week, before embarking on a road trip that will take them to the Bookcliff Country Club on Monday, Redland’s Mesa on Tuesday and Gypsum Creek on Wednesday.

“It’s a long road trip, but I like all three courses,” Firestone said. “So I’m pretty excited to go and play.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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