Yampa Valley hosting golf championship

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For the past year, Amber Nicholson has enjoyed a privilege she earned through her play at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

This weekend, she’ll fight to keep it.

Nicholson, last year’s women’s club champion, will vie to keep her parking space, the club prize for the top men’s and women’s golfer.

“It’s been pretty nice, actually,” she said. “It’s convenient because I work there, and I don’t have to walk that far when it rains.

“It’s always cool to see your name when you first pull in.”

The club championship will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and continues at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with a shotgun start at the golf course, 2179 Highway 394.

The best men’s and women’s gross score over the two-day tournament will win the championship, a cash prize, the prime parking spots, and an engraved sign in front of the clubhouse.

Last year, Nicholson won the women’s tournament, and Nick Bomba won the men’s side for the fourth consecutive year.

This year, Nicholson said she is focused on playing as well as she can.

“I want to shoot well and keep my score low,” she said. “It would be nice to get the parking space back, but if I don’t, that’s alright.”

Jason Back, Yampa Valley Golf Course manager, said the club championship is a popular draw for local golfers.

“Last year, we had around 90 golfers competing,” he said. “It’s the club championship for the best men’s and women’s golfers in Craig.

“It’s a tournament people here really seem to enjoy.”

Back said he expects a similar number of golfers this year.

There is a $56 fee, which will be used to pay out the top three gross players on the men’s and women’s side, and the top three net scores.

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