Rain doesn't stop ladies

Silver Bullet golf tournament goes on despite gray skies

The rain in Craig falls mainly on the links, but gray skies didn't hurt the women playing in last weekend's golf tournament.

The 20th annual Ladies Silver Bullet went off without a hitch. In fact, there were a couple notable events, regardless of the rain.

Chuck Cobb, a professional at Yampa Valley Golf Course, said the rain was OK because each day of the tournament it didn't start up until the last group was finishing its last hole.

Cobb said he doesn't recall any women getting a hole in one in the Silver Bullet Tournament's 20-year-history.

But during Friday's practice round, Jesse Bennett, of Grand Junction, sunk her ball with an ace on the seventh hole.

Bennett placed third in the championship flight with her gross score of 151.

Cobb said another good thing for the tournament was a special guest who played.

"It was nice this year with Robin (Elbardawil) playing," Cobb said.

Elbardawil is the president of the Colorado Women's Golf Association, and she tied for fourth with her gross score of 146 in the championship flight.

Cobb added that she plays every couple of years, and it's always nice to have her in attendance.

Cobb said this year's tournament was full of familiar faces, but there were also some women from out of state.

Of the local women who played, none did better than Amber Nicholson.

Nicholson, 17, golfs for Moffat County High School. She said she was happy with her score of 155.

After her handicap, Nicholson's score was 133, which got her the first-place net score for the championship flight.

She said this is the first year she has played in the championship flight, and it was intimidating playing with women who had low handicaps.

"They're really good players," she said. "Playing with them will get me prepared for state."

Nicholson said in past years she has come in first in the second and third flights, but she was scared to make the jump to the championship flight.

She said she owes her improvement to practice.

"I'm out here (at the golf course) at least four times a week," Nicholson said.

Some other local players who did well were Sue Utzinger, who took second with her net score of 140 in the first flight, and Sandi Seip, who took first place with her net score of 135 in the third flight.

Cobb said that the Silver Bullet tournament is popular because it is one of few two-day women's tournaments.

"Most ladies' tournaments are one day during the week," he said. "This is just a really good getaway weekend tourney."

Dominic Graziano can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or dgraziano@craigdailypress.com.

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