Results from the Cottonwood Classic at Yampa Valley Golf Course:
- Doug Jones 223
T2. Joe Elliott 225
T2. Steve Dodson 225
- Roger Walters 226
T5. Chace Nathe 227
T5. Jeb Savage 227
T5. Randy Rouse 227
T8. Frank Wilkinson 228
T8. Nick Bomba 228
Marty Coleman 246
Mark Fischer 246
Bobby Compere 248
T4. Earl Cherry 251
T4. Mike Wommack 251
- Pete Heuer 252
T7. Michael Campbell 253
T7. Taylor Branstetter 253
Eric Pollock 243
Frank Ayala 246
T3. Eric Pocius 247
T3. John Savage 247
T3. Rodney Branstetter 247
T6. Austin Zimmerman 249
T6. Jim Rieder 249
T6. Rich Woolley 249
T6. Ronald Cromie 249
Jim Seals 244
Curtis Gray 257
Bob Hensley 260
Jim Liljedahl 262
T5. Barry Alford 263
T5. Jay Denton 263
T5. Jon Burnett 263
- Danny Adams 264
John Svoboda 247
Michael Chastain 259
Anthony Noble 269
T4. Ed Leech 272
T4. Gary Anderson 272
T4. Jim Farris 272
T4. Pete Pleasant 272
T8. Larry Seip 275
T8. Mark Gannon 275
- Grant Johns 274
Top net (gross score/net score):
T1. Butch Behrman 289/211
T1. Keith Branstetter 277/211
George Angelo 282/213
Gregg Pietak 286/214
Bob Kelly 296/215
Jim Denton 297/216
Bill Stewart 283/217
After three days and three good rounds of golf, John Svoboda walked away a champion.
“I played better than I ever have at a Cottonwood Classic,” Svoboda said. “I just played my own game.”
Svoboda was the winner of the fourth flight, shooting a three-round combined score of 247, 12 strokes better than second place.
The 43rd Annual Cottonwood Classic, which started Friday and finished Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, was played through rainy weather, as many delays occurred over the weekend.
The Cottonwood, which is a men’s tournament, is one of the golf courses biggest tournaments.
As rain and lightning extended the already long days Friday and Sunday, high winds forced players to change their game Saturday.
“I left my drivers in the bag and went with my irons,” Svoboda said. “I had to play against the wind most of Sat-
But, after 15 years of playing in the same tournament, Svoboda said he wasn’t going to let the weather deter him.
“I had a pretty solid lead after the first day,” he said. “After that, I knew I just needed to play a solid game and I had a chance to win my flight.”
Walking away the champion, Svoboda also took home $700 in prize money.
All told, there were six flights that were set up based on the players’ handicaps.
In the championship flight, Doug Jones was the winner with a combined score of 223.
Craig resident Nick Bomba tied for eighth-place in the championship flight with a combined score of 228.
Bomba, who is the reigning club champion, played a consistent game, shooting 77 on Friday, 75 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday, but said he let himself down on putting.
“If I could have putted better on the first two days I could have won,” he said.
Bomba said a lost ball on hole 17 might have cost him the tournament.
“Losing the ball probably cost me three strokes,” he said. “I played a good game, but there were some mishaps.”
Todd Trapp played in the fifth flight, and while he didn’t place, he said the tournament was a blast.
“I played decent, but not the greatest,” he said. “I needed to hit a little more consistent, but it was a lot of fun to be out here.”
Trapp, the Moffat County High School track and cross country coach, said he was participating in his first golf tournament because he likes to compete.
“I compete in a lot of other sports,” he said. “I find it fun to compete with people, and I have been practicing all summer on my golf game.”
While competing was on the top of the list for many, some were just out to have a good time playing golf.
Gary Baysinger, owner of the Tin Cup Grill at the golf course, said the tournament allows him to get out and enjoy three days of golf.
“I find it relaxing to be out in the sun and play with my friends,” he said. “I didn’t play the best, but I had a good time.”