Relaxation key for local golfer's win

Silver Bullet Golf Tournament

Maybe it was the lucky ball marker from Hawaii, or the presence of her husband/caddie.

It might have been the margarita in the clubhouse.

Regardless of the actual cause, something was able to keep Ann Irvin relaxed and focused enough on Sunday for her to shoot one of the best rounds of golf in her life.

Her 39 on the back nine gave her a total of 81 for the day and was good enough to tie leader Marge Fleming and force a playoff in this weekend's Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

After the two-hole playoff, Irvin, a third-generation Craig resident, won the First Flight of the event.

"I was really nervous on Saturday and I didn't golf well," Irvin said Sunday. "Today I was able to relax and play. The 39 on the back nine this afternoon ties my best score ever for nine holes."

Fleming was Ms. Consistency Saturday and Sunday with an 84 and 85, respectively, and the Rifle native was driving the ball well throughout the tournament.

On the first hole of the playoff, Fleming challenged Irvin as she sunk a 20-foot putt to force Irvin to make a high-pressure, five-foot putt. Irvin did so and the playoff moved one to the second hole.

With her second shot on the second playoff hole, Irvin placed the ball right on the fringe in front of the green setting up an eventual easy two-putt.

Fleming's second shot went to the left of the green setting up a tough pitch from the short rough and she was unable to match Irvin's four strokes, allowing the Craig resident a victorious walk back on her home course.

"I learned to play golf here, so it is nice to win here," Irvin said.

Laurie Steenrod was the winner of the Championship Flight. On Saturday, Steenrod opened up with a 72 and had a six-stroke lead when the final group teed off Sunday.

The Denver golfer proved to be just as strong Sunday and shot a 71 to maintain a six-stroke lead for the win.

"I kept the ball in play and made several first putts," said Steenrod, who has been to many Silver Bullets. "I always make sure to put this event on my calendar early in the spring. There are few things that would keep me away from this tournament with such a small-town, friendly golfing atmosphere."

YVGC Golf Pro Chuck Cobb said he could not have asked for better tournaments with the men's Cottonwood Classic last weekend and this weekend's Silver Bullet.

"We had great weather these past two weekends," said Cobb. "In the women's tournament, Laurie really showed how this tournament has to be played by keeping the ball on the fairways and in front of the hole on the green."

Results of the Silver Bullet Classic will be in Tuesday's edition of the Craig Daily Press.

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