STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — If one believes in reading the tea leaves, there were some very good signs for Vail Mountain, Vail Christian and Eagle Valley golf on Thursday up at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.
The host Sailors won the event with 224 strokes, which is of no concern to the Gore Rangers, who were second at 253. VMS was the top 3A school at the event as everyone edges closer to the regional tourney down in Durango on Sept. 16.
Ben Barron had a 79, leading the Gore Rangers, whole Oliver Pesso carded an 83 and Sean Weller a 91.
“I think all of us were trying to play safe golf,” Weller said. “We were trying to be smart with club selection because there are a lot of places that are (out of bounds). I think we all did a pretty good job of that after the first few holes.”
Vail Christian was fourth, but there were two pieces of good news in Saints camp. Cooper Gould bounced back with a 76 after being a little hacked off by his 80 on Tuesday at the Vail Golf Club. Crane McGuckin also had his low round of the year with an 83.
If he can stay in that scoring range, that bodes well for Vail Christian, which was again without Tony Clark (college trip). The Saints could have three scorers in a position to challenge VMS.
Eagle Valley was sixth, but Tanner Caldarola put up and 80, and Jay Bullock had a major bounce-back round with a 93.
The local teams head to Keystone, a new stop for Western Slope golf, on Thursday before regionals at Durango.