Youth, talent could define Sailors’ boys golf team
The roster for the Steamboat Springs High School boys golf team is decidedly young, its 21 spots loaded up with 16 freshmen and sophomores. And, when the squad kicked off its season earlier this week with a pair of tournaments on the I-70 corridor, it played like a young team, coach Andrew Donner said.
That didn’t exactly result in bad showings. The team was third in its season opening tournament, the Eagle Valley Invitational on Monday. It then won a tournament in Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
Donner said despite those finishes, both tournaments left the team plenty to improve upon.
“This will be our youngest team we’ve had in a little while, and we definitely opened the season that way,” he said. “We didn’t play to the best of our ability.”
That youth was wrapped up in most of the team’s struggles.
“They were making young mistakes, taking quick putts, playing too fast, being too amped up,” Donner said.
The bright side is those are all things he expects to improve, and quickly. They may be young, but there is some good experience on the team, including two underclassmen who played in last year’s state tournament. Tommy Henninger returns as a sophomore and Jack Rotermund as a junior.
After that, the team is stocked with players who’ve gained experience playing in Steamboat’s PGA Junior League tournaments. Henninger, Ollie Rotermund, Beck Kuhlman, Zach Walsh and Colton Sankey are all veterans of that program, and all could contribute in a big way this season.
“Those kids are all on our varsity team,” Donner said. “There’s definitely a big link going between what we’re doing with that junior league team and what we’re rolling out for our high school team.”
The team will play a trio of tournaments next week, starting Tuesday in Rifle. The Sailors then travel Wednesday to play at Moffat County before coming home for a tournament at Haymaker Golf Course on Thursday.
“We’ll be a pretty decent team this year, even though we’re young,” Donner said. “We have some good, young talent. We just need a little seasoning to get used to playing some of these high school golf tournaments.”
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