Golfers tee off for city's tourney

Ivy, Utzinger take top prizes

Preston Ivy felt like he hit the ball well both days of the Yampa Valley Golf Course's City Championship. The difference between his first day's 77 and day two's 73 was the putting.

"I just putted normal today and shot par," he said. "(Saturday) I putted 39 times so it was a problem."

Ivy's 73 was the best round of the tournament and it gave him a one-stroke advantage against Gerald Palmer. He shot a 75, 76 for a 151.

Kevin Peck and Palmer started Sunday in the lead with 75s on the first day. Ivy and Rick Rayl were second with 77s. Ivy's 73 on Sunday separated him from the field.

The title was Ivy's first.

"I've never had a weekend off of work during the championship before," he said. "So this could be my first and last championship."

On the women's side Sue Utzinger and Brittany Hutton finished tied with a two-day total of 178. Utzinger shot a tournament- best 87 on Sunday to catch Hutton, who went in to the final round with a one-stroke lead.

The playoff hole was on the par-3 seven.

Both golfers missed the green on their drives -- Hutton was in some rough, and Utzinger was on the outer fringe. Hutton chipped her second shot within a couple of feet of the hole while Utzinger's putt went five feet from the hole. Utzinger sunk her putt to put the pressure on Hutton. The 2004 graduate of Moffat County High School had her putt lip out of the hole.

"Brittany never misses those, so it was a surprise to us all," Utzinger said.

The win was Utzinger's first after several close calls.

"I was tired of finishing third," she said. "It seemed like every tournament I play in I finish third."

She had finished third in the last three city championships.

Maybe the win will get her over the hump.

"I knew I could win," she said. "I just never thought I would."

Utzinger also won the senior women's tournament. The men's senior winner was Palmer. In the first flight Rocky Pollock took first with a 168 and Austin Zimmerman and Rod Branstetter tied for second with a 174.

Donavan Hornstein won the second flight with a 183 and George Angelo was second with a 186.

There more than 70 golfers in the city championship, which is traditionally one of the last tournaments at the Yampa Valley Golf Couse for the summer.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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