Silver Bullet tees off today

Local participation for the Ladies Silver Bullet Golf Tournament is never as high as some of the men's tournaments at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, but that doesn't deter young golfers like Moffat County junior-to-be Amber Nicholson.

"I like playing it because it's my home course and it's fun to play with golfers older than me," she said. "It's a different atmosphere than a high school tournament."

Nicholson and sophomore-to-be Meghan Innes are two of three junior golfers entered in the tournament. Last year was the first Silver Bullet for the girls.

"I want to be more consistent this year," Nicholson said. "I've been golfing consistently in the low 90s at tournaments this summer and I'd like to be in the 80s this year."

Nicholson turned in a 96-85 last year.

The Silver Bullet comes on the heels of the Cottonwood Classic, which makes for a busy time at the course.

More than 200 golfers spent the weekend at the Cottonwood and more than 125 will be there this weekend. The tournament begins today at 7:30 a.m. The final groups will tee off around noon. The course will re-open once the final groups finish up each day.

There are six flights and golf course professional Ann Marie Hamilton said the championship flight is extremely competitive. "The handicaps are really low," she said. "I played in this tournament in high school and it's more competitive now."

Stephanie Silva of Fruita, last year's winner with a two-day total 150, is scheduled to return. Ann Irvin and Brittany Hutton tied for the best local scores last year at 177.

Money will be awarded to the top gross and net scores in all flights.

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