Golfers to shoot at Ladies Silver Bullet Classic

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Although Yampa Valley Golf assistant golf pro Tom Dockstader hasn't worked at the course the for 17 years the Ladies Silver Bullet tournament has been running, he has been there long enough to notice something.

"Each year, we have more and more women coming out to play the tournament," he said.

The Ladies Silver Bullet offers many of the same aspects which makes its brother tournament the Cottonwood Classic, so popular. A solid golf course in a peaceful setting, and of course, a chance to win money.

More than 140 golfers of the female persuasion will hit Yampa Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday for a share of scenery, and perhaps some prize money as well.

"I don't know what the breakdown will be for each flight's prize money," Dockstader said. "But the six flights will split around $8,500, which is a pretty good payoff."

Much like the Cottonwood Classic, the Silver Bullet is run on a handicapped-flight system. A handicap system places golfers in certain flights according to the score they shoot.

This year, the championship flight at the Silver Bullet will consist of golfers who shoot from even par to 16-over.

This year's tournament will have six flights, including the championship.

"Actually, I heard the championship flight will run about 2-over-par to 16-over," said Lindsey Scott, Moffat County High School girls golfer and second-year veteran at the Silver Bullet. "The gap is pretty big, but each year the tournament gets a good field of players."

Over the years Ann Guiberson of Colorado Springs has been a consistent winner, along with last year's title holder, Mackenzie Dislin of Grand Junction, who plays for collegiate golf for Texas A & M.

While Guiberson will most likely play this year, Dislin will not. She remained in Texas over the summer, which means a new champion will be crowned.

"Just because Dislin isn't going to play this year doesn't mean the tournament's competition is going to be lessened any," Scott said. "There's always a good contention of Colorado State University golfers who come in and play."

As for local competition, Scott composes half of the championship bracket. The only other Craig resident to register for the Silver Bullet championship flight so far is Janet Vaccari.

The lack of local linksters, and competing against out-of-town golfers doesn't have Scott concerned about for her chance at a title run.

"Last year I shot in the low-90s, which I was not at all pleased with," she said. "I feel this year I can get into the 70s, especially with the ladies I'm shooting with. Both ladies shoot in the three-to-five-over range, so playing with golfers who will push me should make me play better."

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