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Steamboat Springs High School golf gets back to swinging

22 players try out for team

Tyler Brown warms up on the driving range at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs on the opening day of high school golf. Brown and 22 other golfers showed up for the Sailors’ first practice of the season and will be hoping to make the team this week.
John F. Russell

Schedule

■ Bookcliff Country Club (Grand Junction) — Aug. 16

■ Tiara Rado Golf Club (Grand Junction) — Aug. 17

■ Vail Golf Club — Aug. 24

■ Gypsum — Aug. 26

■ Devils Thumb (Delta) — Sept. 1

■ Cobble Creek (Montrose) — Sept. 2

■ Haymaker (Steamboat) — Sept. 8

■ Yampa Valley Golf Club (Craig) — Sept. 9

■ Aspen Golf Club — Sept. 14

■ Regional (Cobble Creek Montrose) — Sept. 21

■ State (Flying Horse Golf Club Colorado Springs) — Oct. 4 to 5





Tyler Brown warms up on the driving range at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs on the opening day of high school golf. Brown and 22 other golfers showed up for the Sailors’ first practice of the season and will be hoping to make the team this week.
John F. Russell

Schedule

■ Bookcliff Country Club (Grand Junction) — Aug. 16

■ Tiara Rado Golf Club (Grand Junction) — Aug. 17

■ Vail Golf Club — Aug. 24



■ Gypsum — Aug. 26

■ Devils Thumb (Delta) — Sept. 1



■ Cobble Creek (Montrose) — Sept. 2

■ Haymaker (Steamboat) — Sept. 8

■ Yampa Valley Golf Club (Craig) — Sept. 9

■ Aspen Golf Club — Sept. 14

■ Regional (Cobble Creek Montrose) — Sept. 21

■ State (Flying Horse Golf Club Colorado Springs) — Oct. 4 to 5

— Skyler Martin was confident Monday morning as he warmed up on the driving range at the Haymaker Golf Course, but the senior has been through this before.

“You never know what will happen,” Martin said about the first week of high school golf. “We should have some really good golfers out for the team, and I’m sure that I will need to work hard to get my spot again.”

Martin is one of three returning varsity players on the Steamboat Springs High School golf team, but like the other 21 players who came out for Monday’s first practice, he will have to earn his spot in tryouts this week as the Sailors prepare for the first tournament of the season at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction on Monday. The team also will play at Tiara Rado on Aug. 17.

“It’s an exciting time of the year,” coach Steve Dodson said. “We’ve got a lot of talented players on the team this year … which is a good problem to have.”

The hard part is that not all of the players can make the team, so on Monday, the team played the first of three tryout rounds. They players will tee the ball up again Wednesday at Haymaker and Thursday at the Steamboat Golf Club in a tournament style tryout. The coach will use today to go through some skill tests. Dodson plans to announce the final roster Friday.

The coach also expects his three returning varsity players — Martin, Patrick Weston and Alan Capistron — to set the tone this week. But he also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the other players in the field push the veterans this week — including six incoming freshman players and a couple of new seniors.

“I’m just ready to get back out there and play,” Weston said. “This week is a chance to see what we have as a team.”

The coach has nine senior players out for the team and only seven varsity spots, so competition is expected to be tight in the qualifiers. Only five players can compete on the team at a tournament, so the other players will be rotated in through the course of the season. The junior varsity team will include eight players, and Dodson also will keep five on the development squad.

Capistron said he is looking forward to this week. He said the tryouts are a great way to get into the right frame of mind for next week’s tournaments.

“I like the tryouts because of the tournament format,” Capistron said. “It’s a great way to prepare for the season.”

Capistron has been on the varsity team the past three years and said his goals this season go well beyond just making the Sailors roster.

“Our biggest goal is to make it back to state and to do well once we get there,” Capistron said. “I have a good feeling about this team, and I think we can accomplish a lot.”


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