35th Cottonwood Classic another classic


The 35th annual Cottonwood Classic at the Yampa Valley Golf Course had 205 golfers out to test the greens and shoot the fairways from Friday to Sunday in one of three back-range, three-day medal tournaments of the summer.

"We couldn't have asked for three better days," said Chuck Cobb, the YVGC golf pro. "A lot of the guys traveled up here to get away from the city for a nice weekend and I think that is what we gave them."

The championship winner for the weekend was Jayson Villagrana. The Colorado University, Colorado Springs, golfer turned in one of two the tournament's best rounds of 67 on Sunday to claim the title by three strokes.

"The greens were real nice this weekend," Villagrana said. "It was a fun tournament to play in."

Villagrana started the day two shots back of eventual seniors champ Bill Boyd. On 15, Villagrana and Boyd eagled the hole and the senior golfer maintained a one-shot lead.

On 17, Boyd pulled a shot into the woods and opened up an opportunity for the golfers chasing him. The UCCS student took advantage and a one-shot lead after 17.

At 18, Villagrana had to hold onto the one-shot advantage over Boyd and a two-stroke lead on Cody Eberl.

He sealed the weekend's top performance with a 25-foot eagle and received an enthusiastic cheer from the gallery of two his parents.

"Those two eagles on 15 and 18 were huge," the champion said. "I played with a tough group today. It was a relief to sink that final shot."

Cobb said he was impressed by the play of many of the golfers, who seemed impressed with the course. "I think that what the golfers came away with was that this is a top-notch operated course that is a good bargain and a place to have some fun."

There was a large turnout of Craig golfers, including Deems Utzinger, who played in his 35th consecutive Cottonwood Classic.

Craig golfers who won their division were Greg Hamilton (seniors championship net), Lou Conte (seniors second flight net and seventh flight), Lynn White (first flight) and Tim Jayne (sixth flight).

Results of all flights will be in Tuesday's edition of the

Craig Daily Press.

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