Members of the 2007 Craig Yampa Cup team display the trophy they took home after beating the Steamboat Springs Golf Club in the 14th annual Yampa Cup tournament Sept. 30.

Members of the 2007 Craig Yampa Cup team display the trophy they took home after beating the Steamboat Springs Golf Club in the 14th annual Yampa Cup tournament Sept. 30.

Scoring bragging rights

Yampa Valley Golf Club beats Steamboat Springs to get Yampa Cup for second straight year

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— In the world of professional golf, the Presidents Cup - a series of men's golf matches between a United States team and an International Team vying to bring home the cherished trophy - concluded Sept. 30.

It is a battle for bragging rights and golf territory superiority.

The same day in Steamboat Springs, there was a battle for a cup of a different sort.

This was a battle for bragging rights and superiority - on a local level.

The Yampa Valley Golf Club squared off with the Steamboat Springs Golf Club in the 14th annual Yampa Cup.

The Yampa Cup tournament alternates between the two golf clubs, with this year's event held in Steamboat.

The Yampa Valley Golf Club brought the trophy back, as it won the cup by a score of 14 1/2 to 12 1/2 against their cross-town rivals for the second straight year.

"It feels great to beat them again," Yampa Valley captain Nick Bomba said. "We won on their home course. They'll have to think of that all year."

The tournament is split into two formats throughout the two-day event.

The first day is played in two-man teams. Half the matches are in a best-ball format - each player plays his own ball until completing the hole, then the lower of the two scores is carded as the team score for that hole. The other half is played in Chapman format - the players switch balls after the drive, then choose the better of the two for the second shot and play alternate shots until the ball is in the hole.

Winning a match earns one point for your team and a tie amounts to 1/2 point for each team.

After the first day of competition, the Yampa Valley squad found itself trailing, 5 1/2 to 3 1/2.

"We knew we had to come out and contribute if we were going to win," Bomba said.

Mother Nature had different ideas.

The second round was postponed a week because of inclement weather.

When play resumed, the golfers found snow residing on their playground, but found a way to finish despite the white fairways.

"I woke up and thought it was going to be postponed again," Bomba said. "It melted, though, and turned into a pretty good day."

It worked out better than pretty well for the Yampa team. The team stormed back on the second day, winning 11 of the 18 individual matches to claim victory and bring the trophy of a grizzly bear back to its clubhouse.

"We are going to try to hold on to this for a while," Bomba said. "They have to come into our house next year. Let them try and take it."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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