Couples migrate to Yampa Valley Golf Course for tournament

— More than 50 couples converged on the Yampa Valley Golf Course during the weekend to participate in the annual No Down, Low Down, Slow Down tournament for men and women mixed teams.

"These couples come from all over Colorado," said Brett Etzler, PGA professional of the Yampa Valley Golf Course. "Most of them are married and love to golf."

The tournament isn't a typical golf event. It is played in a Chapman format instead of regular stroke play.

Chapman format is an alternate shot strategy. Each player tees off, and then he or she hit each other's ball for the second shot. After the second stroke, teams will play the best ball - most likely the ball closest to the pin - then alternate strokes from there.

"It's a really fun format," Etzler said. "It keeps everyone involved.

"In the three years that I've been here, 90 percent of the teams are the same. The friendships obtained here have proven to be invaluable. They keep coming back."

The name of the event is also the name of the different divisions, which are split up by team handicaps with net and gross champions.

No down, the division for handicappers 6-16, Low down, for handicaps 17-21 and Slow down, for the higher handicaps of 22-35.

Doug and Britt Choate captured the No down net title, carding a two-day total of 145. Glen and Penny Sykes won the Low down net title shooting a 155 and Jay and Karen Walters won the Slow down net division with a 165.

Craig residents Pete and Jackie Heuer went into a three-way sudden death playoff to crown a Slow down gross team champion.

"Pete drained a 40-footer for birdie," Etzler said. "It was a great finish."

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