Golf tourney starts Saturday


With its two biggest tournaments of the summer back to back the past two weekends, the Yampa Valley Golf Course has been action-packed lately.

After the conclusion of the Ladies Silver Bullet Tournament on Sunday, the people who keep the course running might get a breather.

"Monday I tied up the loose ends of the Cottonwood (Classic tournament)," course pro Tom Dockstader said. "Then Tuesday it was right to the Silver Bullet."

The Silver Bullet has 133 registered golfers for the 18th annual tournament. That is up from 116 at last year's event.

The increased numbers will not include last year's champion, Angela King from Broomfield. But there will be plenty of local representation in the field.

Brittany Hutton, a 2004 graduate of Moffat County High School, is the only Craig golfer in the championship flight. Three Craig golfers will be in the first flight, including Ann Irvin, who has had the best local score the past two years in the tournament.

Amber Nicholson, a sophomore-to-be at Moffat County and Megan Innes, a freshman next year, are new additions to the tournament. Dockstader, the girls high school golf coach, said he was pleased to see the participation from the younger golfers.

"Locally our numbers are down, but three junior players are a nice addition," he said.

The course has enjoyed some rain the past couple of weeks resulting in a lush, green setting. Dockstader said the watering from Mother Nature has been great except in one aspect.

"(The greens) are still a bit slow because of the rain," he said.

The two-day tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the final group finishing about 4 p.m. each day. The course will reopen to the public once the Silver Bullet competitors are in the clubhouse. Top gross and net scores will be honored in all six flights. Exact prize money was yet to be determined as of Thursday, but it is expected to be up from last year.

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