Joe Rukavina, of Grand Junction, tees off Friday afternoon at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Rukavina is one of 183 golfers participating in the 42nd annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Joe Rukavina, of Grand Junction, tees off Friday afternoon at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Rukavina is one of 183 golfers participating in the 42nd annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament.

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42nd Annual Cottonwood Classic Golf Tournament first day results

name score

Seventh flight

Tony Aragon 102

Gary Baysinger 105

Butch Behrman 98

Fred Boss 101

David Brookshire 109

Randy Delay 99

Marv Draper 99

Phil Gallagher 95

Jack Giessinger 92

Bob Kelly 97

Bill Lee 104

Craig Madsen 106

Kirk McKey 91

Don Nadon 102

Jeff Nelson 94

Toby Romero 102

Don Smith 108

Ted Southerland 113

Six flight

Edwin Anderson 99

George Angelo 92

Bob Armantrout 91

Dave Dremel 90

Hector Flores 90

Fred Frei 94

Adam Hawkins 84

Bo Lyons 86

Dan Moore 90

Darren Olsen 92

Larry Payne 88

Gregg Pietak 97

Pete Pleasant 93

Dwayne Powell 87

Kyle Revell 91

Todd Ruckman 102

Jim Shepherd 89

Brian Skowronski 90

Brett Sperl 96

John Sullivan 96

John Svoboda 94

Rusty Wolfram

Fifth flight

Gary Anderson 89

John Bailey 95

Fred Bishop 85

Michael Chastain 82

Ricky Clark 94

Darrel Crawford 107

Richard Davis 86

Jerry Downing 90

Jim Farris 88

Curtis Gray 88

Berdean Jarman 90

Randy Larson 96

Ed Leech 92

Tony Lobato 88

Trini Loya 97

Mike Luppes 92

Anthony Noble 89

Wayne Rickaby 93

Chuck Sanford 85

Larry Seip 97

Doug Toole 86

Randy Winkler 99

Red Woolley 85

Gary Zulian 88

Fourth flight

Richard Barnhart 90

Bill Day 87

Brad Distel 93

Robert Gordon 95

Troy Gore 88

Bill Gotchey 87

Steve Hafey 92

Bill Hawkins 103

Darrel Irvin 83

Buddy King 89

Mike Kuberry 90

Dick Larsen 106

Jim Loughran 85

Ron Nadon 92

Glenn Navratil 89

Greg Neal 84

Michael Peterson 85

Rod Scott 95

Mike Smith 81

Joe Theis 99

Keith Ulibarri 93

Lee White 100

Dan Zulian 91

Third flight

Danny Adams 83

Barry Alford 83

William Barclay 79

Bud Bower 90

Rodney Branstetter 86

Dutch Denbleyker 82

John Doane 83

Bob Hensley 90

Chester Hinkle 93

Rick Holford 85

Rich Hornbeck 85

Doug Houg 79

Jim Liljedahl 86

Dee Mangnall 99

Nick Moyer 82

Rick Nelson 85

Dave O'Mailia 83

Rick Rayl 78

Jim Reider 85

John Savage 85

Mike Theis 90

Deems Utzinger 78

Scott Woog 79

Austin Zimmerman 86

Ben Landa 81

Wesley Cherry 86

Second flight

Chad Anson 81

Frank Ayala 82

Jon Burnett 80

Earl Cherry 80

B.C. Chong 87

Ronald Cromie 78

Greg Hamilton 80

Pete Heuer 80

Jim Houg 77

David Lawien 81

Robert Markham 83

Jamie McNally 83

Andy Meach 81

Richard Padon 80

Lowell Pearson 81

Eric Pocius 82

Dale Pyle 80

Dennis Shannahan 81

Sean Smith 94

Bob Steinberg 81

Dan Willson 80

Mike Wommack 82

Gary Wuster 85

First flight

Jason Back 81

Kent Bejceck 90

Scott Berry 79

Bob Campiglia 78

Marty Coleman 74

Shawn Cooney 82

Richard Distel 83

Lou Hahn 83

Nick Hensley 82

Rick Hensley 71

Jay Hoefling 86

Craig Horton 88

Mike Keating 84

Steve Kelley 85

Blake Nicholson 88

Bill O'Neill 87

Garrett Pastor 82

Nef Ramos 82

Joe Rukavina 76

Doug Spellman 88

Bob Stahl 77

Rich Woolley 85

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Scott Berry watches his shot sail on hole 10 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Berry is competing in the 42nd annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament, which runs through the weekend.

For golfer Gregg Pietak, of Montrose, it didn't look like the 42nd annual Cottonwood Classic golf tournament was going to start Friday morning.

"This morning, it rained like crazy," he said. "It didn't look like it was going to be a good day."

But as the day wore on, the clouds broke, and Yampa Valley Golf Course welcomed 183 golfers to the greens for the start of the three-day tournament.

Pietak, who has competed in the tournament for more than 16 years, the weekend gives him a chance to return to one of his favorite courses.

"The whole atmosphere is super laid-back," Pietak said. "The course is always good, and usually we don't have to fight the weather."

The weather has been good to the course for most of the summer, he said.

"It's been a good year for the course," he said. "It's been in good shape all year."

Pietak said the layout of the course added to its allure.

"It's in the river bottom, and it's short," he said. "The subtleness of the greens is crazy, and for what you pay, you get a lot."

The course's layout adds to its difficulty, Pietak said.

"You always have to shoot below the hole," he said. "It's still tough that way."

Yampa Valley Golf Course club pro Brett Etzler said attendence was down this year, because of the economy.

Usually the course can expect upwards of more than 200 people in the tournament, he said.

But, the people who did come to Craig to golf were in for a treat, he said.

"It's kind of a hidden gem," Etzler said. "I know people enjoy it here, and $150 for three days of golf is a bargain.

"I know people like it here because of the quality of the course, and it's affordable."

Kirck McKey led the seventh flight with a 91, Adam Hawkins leads the sixth flight with an 84, and Michael Chastain leads the fifth flight with an 82.

In the fourth flight, it was Mike Smith leading the way with an 81. In the third flight, Deems Utzinger and Rick Rayl were knotted at 78.

Jime Houg was leading the second flight with a 77.

Rick Hensley had the lowest score on the par-72 course, shooting a 71 on the first day.

The tournament will start today at 7 a.m., at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795, or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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