Rifle resident Susan Caldwell chips onto the ninth hole Sunday during the 21st annual Ladies Silver Bullet golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Caldwell carded a 257 throughout the two-day event, placing 18th in the fifth flight.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Rifle resident Susan Caldwell chips onto the ninth hole Sunday during the 21st annual Ladies Silver Bullet golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Caldwell carded a 257 throughout the two-day event, placing 18th in the fifth flight.

Ladies dance on the links

Craig's golfing landscape dominated by 21st annual Silver Bullet tournament

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Craig's golfing landscape dominated by 21st annual Silver Bullet tournament

21st annual Ladies Silver Bullet tournament

Championship Flight:

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Stacey Arnold -1 71 72 143

2. Kim Eaton +3 74 73 147

T3. D'Ann Kimbrel +9 72 81 153

T3. Jesse Bennett +9 76 77 153

5. Liz Kennedy +10 75 79 154

First Flight

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Susan Nicholson +26 86 84 170

T2. Kay Rossi +28 89 84 172

T2. Tammy Warnke +28 84 88 172

4. Anne Wesley +30 88 86 174

T5. Lynne Janis +31 87 88 175

T5. Nondis Lowther +31 86 89 175

Second Flight

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Penny Sykes +30 85 89 174

2. Allison Webb +31 83 89 175

3. Susan Utzinger +33 89 88 177

4. Terri Allender +35 86 93 179

5. Teresa Broderick +36 89 91 180

Third Flight

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Dena Thompson +37 90 91 181

2. Lena Anson +38 91 91 182

T3. Heather Nicholson +39 91 92 183

T3. Shirley Moschetti +39 95 88 183

5. Eleanor Muhr +45 94 95 189

Fourth Flight

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Michelle Clark +51 96 99 195

2. Ruby Wells +52 97 99 196

3. June Dotson +58 99 103 202

4. Laurel Bagan +60 106 98 204

5. Cindy Lonis +61 98 107 205

Fifth Flight

Place Name Overall Rnd. 1 Rnd. 2 Total

1. Mary Dey +53 100 97 197

2. Laree Lovan +62 104 102 206

3. Peg Toft +64 105 103 208

T4. Calla Freston +66 104 106 210

T4. Terry Roush +66 109 101 210

Three out of four isn't bad.

As the final group headed into the Yampa Valley Golf Course clubhouse Sunday afternoon signaling a conclusion to the 21st annual Ladies Silver Bullet golf tournament, a familiar name sat atop the leader board.

Denver resident Stacey Arnold had just put the final touches on her two-day tournament masterpiece - carding a final-round 72 for a one-under-par total of 143 - earning her third Silver Bullet crown in four years in the championship flight.

"It's all about being consistent," the former LPGA pro said. "I stayed out of trouble, and that's the key."

The Silver Bullet is an amateur tourney, a status that was reinstated seven years ago to Arnold when she gave up teaching golf for casual rounds on the links with her friends.

"I think I only used my driver on three holes," she said. "Most of the time it was a 3-wood, 7-wood or 9-wood all over the gamut."

Whatever club she pulled out of her bag proved to be the right one, as Arnold was the only golfer to shoot below par in both of YVGC's two major tournaments of the year - the Ladies Silver Bullet and last week's Cottonwood Classic for men.

"I'm happy with it," Arnold said of her sub par round. "I'll take it : for a working girl."

Many of the women who participated Saturday and Sunday found they had their work cut out for them while trying to keep pace with Arnold.

Kim O'Shea, Arnold's "buddy," finished 16 strokes behind the leader in her first appearance in the event.

"All my buddies are in it, so I thought I'd come out and give it a shot," O'Shea said. "It was a lot of fun, and I had a really good time. I'll definitely be back next year."

Amber Nicholson earned the highest finish of Craig's competitors, finishing at 14 over par with back-to-back rounds of 79.

Her 158 total eclipsed doubles partner Meghan Innes, who carded an 84 and 88, on her way to a 172.

Nicholson's sister, Heather, and mother, Susan, also participated in the event.

Susan Nicholson carded a two-round total of 170 to win the first flight, while Heather Nicholson finished tied for third in flight three, after working her way to a two-day, 181 total.

"I'm happy with my finish considering how I started the second round," Heather said. "I shot an 11 on the first hole. Normally, when I play stupid and mess up like that my mental game goes out the window. But, I thought 'I can't let it mess me up,' and it didn't."

Nondis Lowther from Rifle tied for fifth in the first flight in her 21st time playing the event.

She won the inaugural event in 1989, and she continues to come back each year.

"The course is really player-friendly for women," Lowther said. "The staff is always supportive and friendly. I will definitely keep coming back."

Saturday evening, YVGC had dinner and dancing at the clubhouse with a live band playing in the background.

Lowther talked about golf in a serious tone, but when it came to the dancing, a smile as wide as the Yampa River that cuts through the golf course dominated her face.

"That was the most fun," she said. "The golf is great, but the dancing, oh my, that's the most fun."

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