Golf coach wins Silver Bullet

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Ann Irvin's new clubs have improved her drives. Now if only she could get the same results from her putter.

"My son made me new clubs and they've helped a lot," she said. "Maybe I should have him make me a putter."

Irvin finished Sunday's round at the Yampa Valley Golf Course's Ladies Silver Bullet tournament with an 85. She improved seven strokes from Saturday and moved into the winnings in the first flight. Her overall score of 177 was good enough for second in the net.

The final nine holes made the difference for Irvin.

"I had the best front nine (the first flight finished on the front) I've ever had," she said. "I shot a 39 and had three birdies."

While Irvin finished strong, Brittany Hutton's last two holes kept her from finishing where she would have liked. Still Hutton tied Irvin with a 177 for the best score from a Craig lady.

"My weekend was all right," she said. "I was off my handicap but things weren't too bad."

Hutton played an even 88, 89 for the weekend. Her tough finish was an eight on 17 and a seven on 18.

Stephanie Silva from Fruita turned in turned in the weekend's best performance. She shot a tournament-best 76 on Saturday and came back to shoot another tournament-best 74 Sunday for a score of 150.

"This is the first ladies tournament I've played in this summer so I was pretty happy," said the Fruita-Monument High School girls' golf coach. "I've been working on a new swing and it felt good this weekend."

Silva led three golfers by three strokes going into the final 18 holes Sunday.

She needed a good round because another golfer in her group, Wendy Welcher, was playing well.

"I didn't really know her score because I just focus on my game," Silva said. "But I could tell she was playing well and that's good because it makes you compete a bit."

Welcher turned in a 75, the second-best score of the tournament and her 154 placed her second in gross for the championship flight.

As always, the visiting golfers had nothing but good things to say about the YVGC.

"They always run things well here," Silva said. "This was my third tournament here and a group of us came up and had a nice time."

Full results of the tournament will be available in Tuesday's Craig Daily Press.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031.

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