Mosquito Open challenges local linksters

Net team score, skins, individual title up for grabs

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On a day that many described as "perfect for golf," the Yampa Valley Golf Club held its annual Mosquito Open with seventeen, four-player teams participating for the cash and bragging rights.

"This is our longest-running tournament, and while it used to be a two-day event, it has always been held on Memorial day," said Chuck Cobb, director of golf for the Yampa Valley Golf Course. "The name comes from this being about the time that the mosquitoes start showing up. We've now been hosting this tournament for 34 years."

The tournament was cut down to one day since, "the weekend has now become very busy. It was much bigger before Grand Olde West Days and graduation."

It originally began as a way for the club to get new members, a season-starting tournament to get residents to involved with the club, Cobb said.

"The name lends itself to the theme of Grand Olde West Days, but we're not officially involved," he said.

The tournament has several ways for a player and his team to win.

The team title was based on the two best scores of the four-man team, while individual players could earn additional money through the skins competition, as well as their gross and net scores for 18 holes.

The skins and title tournaments had two different classes, the Stinger and Buzzer, with the Stinger players having a handicap of under 15 strokes, and the Buzzer for players having a handicap of more than 15.

The net scores were established by taking a player's score, adding the gross score and subtracting their handicap.

The teams teed-off at 8 a.m. Monday with clear skies, low-wind and the temperature in the mid-60s. According to the players, the greens were tougher than usual, becouse of recent aeration and sanding, which made them both tough and slow.

However, that didn't bother the team of Lou Hahn, Jeb Baker, Mark Gannon and Don Zulian, who won the $800 first-place prize with a score of 111. Second place was the team of Lonnie Parrish, Bones Cervony, Joe Zuniga and Bill Lee.

There was third-place tie between three teams with a score of 115.

In the individual scores for the Stinger class, Jeb Baker took the net-score title with a 62, and Nick Bomba won the gross-score title with a 73. Joe Zuniga and Bill Lee tied for the best net score in the Buzzer class with a 63. The gross score winner was Chuck Kistler, who fired a 75.

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