Mosquito Open all the buzz Saturday

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Yampa Valley Golf Course professional Chuck Cobb isn't about to name a favorite for the 2005 Mosquito Open.

"With the format it's in, everybody is a favorite," he said.

The current format for the tournament is a partner scramble with a twist. Two golfers team up for six holes of scramble, six holes of best ball and six holes of Chapman format. In Chapman, players hit their partners' shot after the tee off.

The oldest running tournament at the YVGC was started as the first tournament of the spring, but since, other tournaments have moved ahead on the calendar.

"It's traditionally been during Memorial Day weekend," he said. "There have been many different formats, but it has been a mainstay at the course."

"You'll see the occasional Steamboat or Meeker golfer," Cobb said. "But it stays pretty local."

The Mosquito used to be the main tournament for the summer at the YVGC but with Memorial Day weekend evolving into a multi-event weekend in Craig, it has become a primarily local tournament.

The past two years, there have been 80 golfers in the tournament. Cobb was unsure how many golfers had signed up as of Wednesday, but he said he hoped to end sign up Friday night.

Last year's key to winning was playing with a family member. The winners of the first flight's gross results were Preston and Bill Ivy. The father-son duo finished 18 holes with a score of 70. Mike Knoche and Randy Knoche finished with the highest net score of 58.

Saturday's competition will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

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