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Summit High: Tigers’ Dice moving on to state meet

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

Capping off a stellar season, the Summit High golf team finished fifth Tuesday at the 4A Western Slope Regional played at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

Battling through sub-40 temperatures and brutal winds, the Tigers shot a three-person, team score of 244 to finish 14 strokes behind first-place Montrose High School.

Steamboat Springs finished in second at 233, and Battle Mountain and Cortez finished third and fourth, respectively.

Though the Tigers didn’t advance to the Colorado State Tournament – only the winner of the event qualifies to move on – junior Dak Dice was one of nine individuals to punch a ticket to the end of season meet at Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Dice shot a 6-over-par 78 to finish in a tie for fifth place on the day. It will be the junior’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament.

Senior Brady Sandsmark was next for Summit. After shooting 10-over-par on the day, Sandsmark wound up in a tie for 14th place. Sandsmark lost a three-hole playoff for one of the two alternate positions for state.

Freshman Dylan Mitchell shot 84 to finish in a tie for 20th, and sophomore Evan Streit rounded out the Tiger lineup with a 27th-place finish after an 87.

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Despite their season ending about two weeks earlier than the Tigers had hoped, Summit had one of its best seasons in recent memory. Consistent and strong throughout the fall, the Tigers wound up with a second-place overall finish in the 4A Jeffco League.

Though Sandsmark and Dice were both regular contributors to the varsity squad in 2008, the Tigers did get an unexpected boost from both Mitchell and Streit. All four players wound up making either first- or second-team all conference in the Jeffco League.

While his teammates pack up the sticks for the winter, Dice now looks ahead to the state meet on Oct. 6-7 in Denver.