Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Steamboat Springs Jeff Franks proved to be the lone bright spot Tuesday in what turned out to be a disappointing day at regionals for the members of the Steamboat Springs golf team.
"I wasn't disappointed with the way our kids played,' Steamboat golf coach Jason Deigert said. "I was disappointed for both Quinn (Coale) and Eric (Scholl). Not because they played poorly, but because they are seniors and I know they really wanted to play at the state meet."
Franks, however, was the only Sailor golfer to qualify for the state tournament with a round of 77 at the Tiara Rado Golf Course in Grand Junction. The state tournament is Oct. 1 and 2 at Springvalley in Elizabeth.
Franks' teammates Scholl, Coale and Cody Sherrill all shot 79 just two strokes off the pace.
While Deigert was happy that Franks qualified, he said the team had higher expectations headed into the event.
The Sailors dominated play in the 4A division this year winning the conference and having all four players receive all-conference honors from the league.
Deigert was voted coach of the year by the other coaches in the league.
"It was heartbreaking. We all broke 80 and we were shocked that we didn't qualify as a team," Franks said. "I told those guys to keep their heads up. We had a great season and one tournament isn't going to have any effect on it."
As a team, the Sailors placed third in the team standings.
Rifle won the event with a score of 231, Aspen was second at 232, while Steamboat had a team total of 235.
Both Rifle and Aspen qualified for the state tournament as teams.
Rifle's Luke Antonelli set the pace in the individual finishes with a round of 72.
Cedaredge's Mike Dallas and Aspen's Pat McClennan tied for second with rounds of 73. Jarrad Brown of Rifle and Aspen's Scott Harbott finished at 76 and Franks tied with two other golfers at 77.
"I think if Jeff plays within himself he will do fine," Deigert said. "He is one of the most physically talented golfers in the state."
This year's state tournament will be Franks' first as a Sailor. However, the junior isn't feeling a lot of pressure headed into the event.
"I think it will be the same field as a lot of the tournaments I went to this summer," Franks said. "I expect to see a lot of the same players."
Franks spent his summer playing in tournaments sanctioned by the American Junior Golf Association and even played in a national level event in Florida in July.
"I got nervous about that event, but I don't think I will be feeling a lot of pressure at the state tournament this year," he said.
Franks' plan is to take some time off this week, play a little golf with his dad who is the professional at the Haymaker golf course and then head to Elizabeth and give it his all at the state tournament.
"I'm not really setting any goals for myself,' Franks said. "I think I can win it, but I'm just going to go down there and compete with them and see what happens."