Craig resident Susan Utzinger tries to guide her ball into the cup Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The golf course hosted the annual Silver Bullet golf tournament Saturday and Sunday. Utzinger finished atop the first flight.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Craig resident Susan Utzinger tries to guide her ball into the cup Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The golf course hosted the annual Silver Bullet golf tournament Saturday and Sunday. Utzinger finished atop the first flight.

Craig female golfers step up for 24th Silver Bullet

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Craig’s Amber Nicholson chips her ball onto the green Saturday during the Silver Bullet golf tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Nicholson finished tied for third in the tournament’s championship flight.

Results from the Silver Bullet tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course:

Championship flight

Top gross:

  1. Kim Eaton — 146

  2. Stacy Arnold — 146

  3. Jesse Bennett — 158

Top net (gross score/net score):

  1. Deb Benak — 165/145

  2. Jackie Skelton — 166/146

T3. Amber Nicholson — 160/148

T3. Jill Kirkpatrick — 166/148

T3. Tami Holt — 160/148

First flight

Top gross:

  1. Amanda Keel — 163

T2. Allison Webb — 164

T2. Pat Kuntz — 164

  1. Jeanne Kruger — 172

T5. Jenny Elliott — 174

T5. Nondis Lowther — 174

Top net (gross score/net score):

  1. Susan Utzinger — 168/134

  2. Juna Orr — 167/135

  3. Jeannie Hay — 168/138

  4. Karen MacDougal — 173/141

  5. Kathy Short — 174/142

Second flight

Top gross:

  1. Lani Cleverly — 174

  2. Penny Sykes — 176

  3. Lindsay Giessinger — 181

  4. Cindy Reynolds — 183

  5. Jackie Heuer — 186

Top net (gross score/net score):

  1. Lisa McCurdy — 181/137

  2. Michelle Marquardt — 180/138

T3. Denise Turner — 191/145

T3. Jamie Eckroth — 189/145

  1. Christy Rolando — 189/147

Third flight

Top gross:

  1. Linda Silva — 187

  2. Wanda Wilson — 189

T3. Ann Irvin — 191

T3. Cindy Gilbert — 191

  1. Nancy Grier — 200

Top net (gross score/net score):

  1. Dixie Ficklin — 188/136

  2. Jeana Pittman — 197/139

  3. Cindy Lonis — 196/142

T4. Joan Mortensen — 202/144

T4. Laurel Bagan — 196/144

Fourth flight

Top gross:

  1. Candy Hammerich — 185

  2. Lynda Hagman — 200

  3. Phyllis Finlay — 203

Top net (gross score/net score):

  1. Mary Kay Chesley — 192/132

  2. Marisa Mortensen — 218/136

  3. Nancy Stevens — 205/139

Craig resident Susan Utzinger limited mistakes, played consistent and finished with what she considers one of her better golf performances over the weekend in the 24th Annual Silver Bullet tournament.

“I played the best I ever have during a two-day tournament here in Craig,” she said. “This was my 10th time playing in the Silver Bullet and it was my best performance.”

The Silver Bullet, which was played Saturday and Sunday, featured more than 90 players in the all-female tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Golfers were divided into four flights and a championship flight based on handicaps.

Utzinger was part of the first flight, and shot a 168 gross score and 134 net to win.

“I have been playing (golf) for 26 years,” Utzinger said. “It was really a great tournament for me.”

Although a lack of penalty strokes helped Utzinger, Lani Cleverly, of Craig, had to battle back after landing in two water hazards.

“I was pretty nervous going into the first day,” she said. “I hit both water hazards and had to play my way back to have a good finish in the tournament.”

After playing consistent golf the rest of the first day, Cleverly finished with an 89, which she said is around her average.

Sunday is when things turned around, she said.

“I really didn’t have that many problems on the second day,” Cleverly said. “I felt my normal game coming back and I had some things go my way.”

With a par on hole 16 in the bag, Cleverly shot a bogey on 17 and a par on 18 to finish with an 85 and the top gross score, 174, in the second flight.

“I think my second-day score was great for a beginner golfer,” she said. “I have never done an individual tournament before, but I had a lot of fun.”

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