Sailors off pace in golf tourney

The Steamboat Springs Sailors played their best golf this season when they were having fun.

But on Monday at the state high school golf tournament in Alamosa, none of the three Sailors vying for titles seemed to be having much fun.

"We got off to a slow start," coach Ryan Barclay said. "I think the kids were a little bit nervous at the start and it really hurt us early."

By the time the Sailors had settled down on the back nine, they were trying to play catchup in a field of the best junior golfers in the state.

Steamboat Freshman Paul Berry finished the opening 18-hole round with an 80 to lead the squad's bid to a top finish. It was well off the pace set by Erik Lundbeg of Montrose and Tom Glissmeyer of Cheyenne Mountain. They finished in a tie for the top spot at 67.

"We are a very young team, and I think our inexperience really showed today," Barclay said. "I don't think we can get back in the running for a state title, but I'm hoping we can finish the tournament with some good scores now that the pressure is off."

Steamboat junior Tucker Smalley shot an 84 in his first state appearance and Kenton Gamache finished at 85 to give Steamboat an opening day total of 249.

Montrose is leading the team standings at 215. Broomfield and defending state champion Mullen are tied for second at 228. Cheyenne Mountain is also in the running at 229.

The state tournament will continue today at the Cattails Golf Club in Alamosa with the final 18-holes of play.

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