Etzler wins Western Pro-Am

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Brett Etzler learned he won Monday's Western Chapter Pro-Am on Tuesday morning, 24 hours after he finished his 18th hole.

"It kind of shocked me that I won," said Etzler, a course professional at Yampa Valley Golf Course. "I was 2-under par going into 16 and finished double bogey, bogey, bogey. Somehow I held on."

Etzler finished with a 2-over-74 on the Haymaker Golf Course, winning by one stroke. Catamount Ranch & Club assistant pro Luke Brosterhous and Catamount head pro Tom Taylor were second and third, respectively.

"It was my first time playing Haymaker," Etzler said. "I really enjoyed it. It was a links-style course, which was really neat. It reminded me of Ireland."

The Haymaker course is as green as the Emerald Isle right now. Heavy spring rains have kept the rough, fairways and greens lush, but the moisture also has slowed the course.

"Two over was a good, competitive score (Monday)," Haymaker golf pro Hank Franks said.

"It is very respectable for the conditions. We kind of had a cool breeze all day."

The moisture prevented golfers from getting much of a roll on the fairways, making the 6,700-yard length seem longer. Franks said the teams played from the gold tees, the second longest Haymaker uses.

"The hole locations were set up in some pretty tough spots," Etzler said.

The Western Chapter Pro-Am included one pro and three amateurs in a foursome. Etzler's team of Pete Heuer, Willie Barclay and Scott Kitchen won the team event, as well, for the Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Brosterhous teamed up with Steve Dodson, Chris Puckett and Jim Hillenbrand to take second. Haymaker pro Dave Keesee and his team of P.J. Zenewicz, Bob Stahl and Andy Keyck were third.

A foursome from The Golf Course at Redlands Mesa, led by pro C.J. Rhyne, was fourth.

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