Pete Heuer, of Hayden, tees off on the first hole of the Cottonwood Classic golf tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Heuer played in the second flight.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Pete Heuer, of Hayden, tees off on the first hole of the Cottonwood Classic golf tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Heuer played in the second flight.

Breezy, not easy

Wind affects final round of 42nd Annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament

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2008 Cottonwood Classic flight winners:

Flight Winner Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total

Championship Roger Walters 73 74 72 219

First Jason Back 76 74 83 233

Second Mike Wommack 78 78 84 240

Third Austin Zimmerman 85 81 80 246

Fourth Steve Hafey 84 85 90 259

Fifth Jim Liljedahl 86 83 88 257

Sixth Eric Pollock 81 82 91 254

Seventh Dwayne Powell 94 87 99 280

Senior Gross Randy Rouse 76 75 74 225

Senior Net Bob Campiglia 74 70 72 216

• For final Cottonwood Classic results, log on to craigdailypress.com

Yampa Valley Golf Course's 42nd Annual Cottonwood Classic attracted more than 200 golfers during the Fourth of July weekend. The three-day tournament featured eight flights total - seven regular flights and a championship flight, plus senior flights comprised of the scores of senior citizen participants.

Each flight was determined by the players' handicaps. The course's PGA professional, Brett Etzler, officiated as each flight teed off.

"It's a great-looking event this year," Etzler said. "We've got a really full field because it's pretty popular. People from all over Colorado came in, and so did some from California and Oregon."

Etzler estimated that 75 of the participants were Craig residents, with the rest of the crowd coming from out of town.

Craig resident Sean Smith, 18, led the third flight at the beginning of the third day with two scores of 79 from the previous days.

"I'm just doing the best I can," Smith said before his 12:48 p.m. tee time. "Hopefully, I'll do about the same or even better today. It's been fun so far."

Smith placed fourth in his flight with a 250 overall score, and a third day score of 92.

"It could've gone better, but this was my first Cottonwood," he said. "It's not too bad coming away in fourth place."

Ricky Clark, of Santa Rosa, Calif., competed in the fifth flight.

His first two days in the tournament yielded a 90 and an 86, but his Sunday score was affected by the day's windy conditions. He ended the day with a 104 and a 280 for the overall tournament.

"The wind consistently worked against me," Clark said. "You couldn't even place a ball on a tee without it falling off. By the third hole, it was really ripping into all of us. Sometimes it would help, but the rest of time it was hurting our putts, and aiming was tough."

Clark credited Richard Davis as the best player in his Sunday foursome. Davis shot a 91 for the day, giving him an overall score of 272.

"There really wasn't a lot of action for us," Davis said. "It was just a lot of wind experimentation."

Davis tied for sixth place in the flight with Pete Pleasant, while Clark tied for 10th with Edwin Anderson.

The wind did not hamper Clark's plans to return to the tournament next year.

"I've shot better before, but so has everybody," Clark said. "This is about the eighth or ninth year I've come out here, and I think this is really a fantastic course. The people who run it do a great job."

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 875-1796 or abockelman@craigdailypress.com.

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