Familiar names at the top of Mosquito Open

Steve Dodson and Preston Ivy can change partners all they want, but similar results tend to happen at Yampa Valley Golf Course's Mosquito Open.

"Once again, it came down to those two," YVGC Professional Chuck Cobb said. "That's a regular occurrence for us lately."

Dodson is the defending champion of the Mosquito; Ivy won it two years ago. Dodson defended his title with new partner Paul Williams as the duo shot a 67, one stroke better than Ivy and his father, Bill.

"We played even during the Chapman format, and that's tough to do," Dodson said. "You can lose a friend playing the Chapman way."

Miller credited Dodson for carrying the team, but Dodson wouldn't accept the compliment.

"I lipped out on one two-foot putt that he saved me on," Dodson said.

The tournament is divided into three formats. Six holes were played in a best-ball format, six in scramble and six in Chapman style. In Chapman style, a player hits his teammate's shot.

The sunny day was a picture-perfect one at the course, and the golfers were complimentary.

"It always is in great shape," said Dodson, who lives in Steamboat Springs and coaches the high school golf team there.

Dodson credited his partner with sinking a short putt after he missed it. That one shot saved them from a playoff with the Ivys.

Cobb said that another pair to play well was Max Ciani and George Angelo in the second flight. Their gross score of 72 won the flight.

"They started off birdie, birdie, par," Cobb said. "It was a good day for those guys."

Scott Kitchen and Austin Zimmerman were winners of the net scores in the first flight. Net scoring is the team's gross score minus its handicap. Zimmerman and Kitchen tied with Brady and Courtney Virden with a 59.

"We're high handicapped quality players," Kitchen said. "Today, when one played bad, the other played well. We picked each other up often."

"He made every two-foot putt I left him," Zimmerman joked.

The Mosquito Open is the longest-running tradition at the YVGC, nearing 40 years of tournaments. Cobb said this year's was one of the nicest weather days.

"It was just an outstanding day," he said. "The turnout was average, but the weather was better than average."

Thirty-six pairs played in the Memorial Day tournament.

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