Five-hole playoff decides Silver Bullet

It came down to a battle of wills as to who would capture this year's Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament.

The wills of Ann Guiberson, of Rochester N.Y., and Lauri Steenrod of Aurora, were tested as the two played five, nearly-flawless playoff holes Sunday to determine the Championship Flight winner.

Tied at 145 in the gross score, the two golfers were neck-and-neck in regulation, and continued their performance into the back nine, and the playoff holes.

That was, however, until the 14th hole.

Guiberson and Steenrod both placed their second shots within 20 feet of the hole, but it was Guiberson who would birdie the par-4, and take home the title.

"I knew it was going to take a birdie to win, especially with how adept Lauri is at putting," Guiberson said. "The tough part of the whole thing was trying to keep the ball below the hole and set yourself up for a decent putt."

Guiberson, who is the Director of Regional Affairs for the United States Golf Association, is no stranger to Silver Bullet titles. In fact, this is her third title in the five years that she's played in the tournament.

A former resident of Castle Rock, Guiberson is used to having the tournament a little more accessible than it was before her move to upstate New York.

"I decided to take my vacation during this time and make the Silver Bullet," Guiberson said. "Both the tournament and course attracts a friendly group of people."

Though the gross score, which decided the overall-tournament winner, would go to a out-of-towner, the net score, which figures in a golfers handicap, would be captured by a local.

Moffat County High School standout and state qualifier, Lindsey Scott, shot a net score of 133, and was the only local golfer to place in the championship bracket.

Scott played the front nine to the tune of an 83, but was able to redeem herself on the back nine with a 78.

"I knew if I could shoot in the low-80s- to 70s, I'd get the net championship," she said. "Going into Sunday's section of the tournament, I was hacked by how I shot on the front nine, so the back nine was really just to redeem myself."

This was only Scott's second time playing at the Silver Bullet, a tournament in which she didn't place last year.

Scott attributed much of her success to being pushed by the foursome that she played with.

"The Silver Bullet definitely had a better field than most of my high school tournaments," she said. "So, it's like any sport when you golf with good players, you end up pushing yourself."

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