With 100-degree heat for the second straight day of the Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament, Sunday's leader, Angela King, was ready to finish as quick as she could. Her birdie on the 18th hole made sure that an early finish would be possible.
"I wanted to be done on about the 13th hole," said King, who works at the Omni-Interlochen Golf course in Broomfield when she isn't competing. "I'm really glad I was able to hit that putt because we might have gone in to a playoff and I'm not sure how much I had left."
King went into 18 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course one stroke behind Lauri Steenrod, the tournament's defending champion. After Steenrod missed her first putt, King sunk her 12 footer for a birdie. The defending champion's next shot would determine if a playoff would be necessary or if there would be an outright champion. Steenrod putted just past the hole to end her chance for a second title.
"My first putt I was just thinking about a good pace," Steenrod said about her downhill 20 footer. "I over shot it and it cost me but that's the way it goes."
Steenrod had charged from three back at the beginning of the day to take a one-stroke lead going into 18.
Both golfers knew they were close going into the final hole but weren't exactly aware of where they stood.
"I didn't know how big that second putt was because I didn't know where I stood," Steenrod said. "So the pressure wasn't too big."
Despite the three putt to end the day, Steenrod shot a tournament best 72 Sunday.
"I was going for the prize money for having the best day," she said. "Too bad there wasn't such a thing here."
King, who shot a steady 73 and 74, came to the Silver Bullet to earn points for the Colorado Women's Golf Association standings. With a top-three finish in those point standings, a golfer qualifies for a national amateur tournament. King has qualified before and is starting to build momentum in those standings again.
"I had a slow start but I'm coming on strong," she said. "I was really impressed with the conditions of the greens on this course and they helped me out."
On the local side of things, Moffat County High School senior-to-be Brittany Hutton was the only Craig golfer in the championship flight. After a 92 Saturday that included a nine on 15, Hutton came back to shoot an 86 Sunday.
"I'm way happy with my finish," she said. "This was my first time in the championship and it affected me early, but I came back to golf well today."
The best score of the tournament from a Craig golfer came from Ann Irvin, who shot an 85, 90 for a 175. Irvin went into Sunday tied for the lead in the first flight.
"My chipping and putting just didn't work out today," she said. "It wasn't quite as fun as last year."
Irvin won the first flight in a sudden-death playoff last year. This year, she settled for first place in the
Overall, the turnout for the weekend was down to 116 from what YVGC Pro Chuck Cobb said is usually around 125. Most of the decrease in numbers was because of local players having other commitments for the weekend.
"There were several weddings and funerals this weekend," Cobb said. "We actually picked up numbers from the out-of-towners."
The top-five finishers in gross and net will be printed in Tuesday's edition of the Craig Daily Press