Nick Bomba chips a ball onto the green Sunday during the Yampa Valley Golf Course club championship. Bomba shot 70 on Saturday and Sunday to win the tournament for the fifth time.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Nick Bomba chips a ball onto the green Sunday during the Yampa Valley Golf Course club championship. Bomba shot 70 on Saturday and Sunday to win the tournament for the fifth time.

Nick Bomba, Amber Nicholson repeat as Yampa Valley Golf Course club champions

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Amber Nicholson watches her drive soar Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Nicholson won the women’s club championship for the second year in a row by shooting a combined 155 during the two-day tournament.

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Susan Nicholson celebrates after sinking a long put on the 18th hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Nicholson finished third in the women’s club championship, with a two-day score of 171. Nicholson’s daughter, Amber, finished first with a score of 155.

Results

The results from Saturday and Sunday’s Yampa Valley Golf Course club championship:

(Place, name, total)

Women’s championship flight — Gross

  1. Amber Nicholson, 155
  2. Amanda Back, 159
  3. Susan Nicholson, 171

Women’s championship flight — Net

  1. April Branstetter, 139
  2. Brenda Anderson, 142
  3. Mary Nelson, 143

Men’s championship flight — Gross

  1. Nick Bomba, 140
  2. Kevin Peck, 151
  3. Dan Brown, 154

Men’s championship flight — Net

  1. Sean Smith, 135
  2. Rick Nelson, 139
  3. Rick Rayl, 140

Men’s first flight — Gross

  1. Bud Bower, 158
  2. John Doane, 165
  3. Travis Brown, 167

Men’s first flight — Net

  1. Dave Vanwagner, 133
  2. Ron Danner, 137
  3. Luke Franich, 140

Men’s second flight — Gross

  1. Anthony Noble, 176
  2. Colby Haddan,* 176
  3. Pete Pleasant, 185

Men’s second flight — Net

  1. Colby Haddan, 122
  2. Don Smith, 134
  3. Tony Aragon, 136
  4. Lost a two-hole playoff

Going into Saturday and Sunday’s Yampa Valley Golf Course club championship, four-time winner Nick Bomba said he knew the pressure to win was focused squarely on him.

“Every year, there’s more pressure,” he said. “Every year, the target on my back gets a little bigger.”

Bomba was able to hold onto his parking spot — the top prize awarded to the men’s and women’s club champion — by shooting a combined two-day gross score of 140 to capture his fifth club championship and fourth in a row.

Bomba shot 70 both days, to finish four-under par for the tournament.

“I was chipping really well,” he said. “My putting was rough and I could have shot lower, but I’m happy with a 70.”

On the women’s side, a name change on the placard won’t be necessary either, as Amber Nicholson repeated as women’s club champion.

The club championship is a two-day tournament for Yampa Valley club members, in which the top gross and net players are rewarded with parking spots and engraved signs next to the clubhouse.

For their sharp shooting, Nicholson and Bomba were awarded $140 each.

Like Bomba, Nicholson said she was happy she didn’t have to relinquish her piece of pavement.

“I’m just happy to have my parking spot back,” she said. “Call it laziness, but I didn’t really want to have to walk all the way across the parking lot.”

Nicholson shot a 78 Saturday and 77 on Sunday for a two-day gross of 155.

“It was fun,” she said. “It’s fun just being out there and playing with the girls.

“I like this tournament because you’re only playing with other members. You know everyone who is out there.”

Amanda Back was second gross, with a two-day score of 159. Susan Nicholson was third with a gross of 171.

On the men’s side, Kevin Peck was second gross with a score of 151, and Dan Brown was third with a gross score of 154.

April Branstetter won the women’s net, with a two-day total of 139.

Brenda Anderson was second in net with 142 and Mary Nelson was third with a two-day total of 143.

For the men, Colby Haddan was first net overall with 122. Don Smith was second net with a 134 and Tony Aragon was third with a 136.

Sixty-six golfers competed in the tournament.

The men’s side was split into three flights — championship, first flight and second flight.

Sean Smith was first net in the championship flight with a two-day total of 135. Rick Nelson was second with a net score of 139 and Rick Rayl finished third with a net score of 140.

Bud Bower was first gross in the first flight, with a 158. John Doane was second with a 165 and Travis Brown was third gross in the first flight with a 167.

In the second flight, Anthony Noble and Haddan tied at 176 after 36 holes. Noble would go on to win in a two-hole playoff.

Dave Vanwagner was first net in the first flight with a two-day total of 133. Ron Danner was second with a 137 and Luke Franich was third with a 140.

In the second flight, Haddan was first net with 122, Don Smith was second with 134 and Aragon was third with 136.

Bomba said he will continue to golf in the club championship until someone can take away his crown.

“I’ll definitely come back — I have to play until I get beat,” he said. “I cant let someone just win it without me being in it.”

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