Cottonwood Classic Leader Board
Results from the 44th annual Cottonwood Classic held Friday to Sunday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course:
(Name — overall score)
Keith Humerichhouse — 208
Jared Bickling — 221
Joe Elliott — 222
Doug Jones — 224
Daniel Brown — 227
Rich Padon — 234
T3. Mark Fischer — 241
T3. Lou Hahn — 241
T5. Chad Anson — 242
T5. Andy Meach — 242
Ron Cromie — 238
Rodney Branstetter — 241
Rick Nelson — 244
Eric Pollock — 245
Greg Hamilton — 249
Rick Rayl — 251
Earl Cherry — 233
Jim Rieder — 242
T3. Eric Pocius — 242
T3. Dave Vanwagner — 246
Dennis Bennett — 248
Danny Adams — 250
- Gary Anderson — 253
T2. Darrel Irvin — 256
T2. Brett Sperl — 256
- Greg Neal — 257
T5. Randy Peterson — 258
T5. Deems Utzinger — 258
John Svoboda — 260
Anthony Noble — 261
Ron Nadon — 266
Jeff Nelson — 267
T5. Fred Bishop — 268
T5. Robert Gordon — 268
Tom Kelly — 255
Adam Hawkins — 269
Dave Dremel — 272
Dave Ruechel — 275
Ed Leech — 277
Kyle Revelle — 281
- Jeff Richards — 281
Phil Gallagher — 204
Travis Selan — 211
Darrell Sparks — 213
Jack Giessinger — 215
Robert Kelly — 216
In 1995, Keith Humerichouse shot a score of 88 three days in a row during the Cottonwood Classic golf tournament at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.
After 16 years, Humerichouse returned to compete in the 44th annual Cottonwood Classic on Friday to Sunday.
“It feels good to be back and I am a better player after all these years,” he said. “In ’95, I just tried to hit my driver everywhere. But this year, I played smart and used my irons off the tee.”
Improved play translated to an improved score for the left-handed Gypsum resident.
Humerichouse shot a 69 on Friday and finished with a 69 on Sunday to win the championship flight with a score of 208, or eight under par.
“The first day I played really, really good and played a bogey-free round,” he said. “The last two days I just played smart golf and kept hitting putts here and there to keep my score low.”
Humerichouse shot only four bogeys over the three days — three Saturday and one Sunday.
As for the course, Humerichouse said players had to cautious with their drivers and play to the speed of the greens, which ran slow over the weekend.
“The way the course is set up, you really have to work your ball and use your irons,” he said.
“The greens were faster in the past, but you had to respect the greens and it was a premium to stay below the hole.”
Ultimately, Humerichouse said, his ability to keep his ball in the fairway was the difference maker.
“I kept my ball in play all weekend by hitting 120-yard shots,” he said. “I shot my ball out of bounds on the first hole (Sunday) and that was my only bogey of the day. I tried to make it a stress-free three days.”
The Gypsum resident went pro shortly after playing his only other Cottonwood Classic, but returned to amateur status in 2009.
Combined with the cost of a professional tournament — about $1,000 an event — and the birth of his now 3-year-old girl, Humerichouse said the best decision was to give up his dream.
Plus, the competition level at amateur tournaments is great, he said.
“Any of the guys I played with this weekend could easily put up a score under par on a three-day tournament,” he said. “Regardless if I shoot three-under every day, the competition is still going to be right there and make me play the best I can.”
The only Craig resident in the championship flight, Nef Ramos, shot 244 on the weekend.
Ramos described his weekend as average, but pointed out one exceptional moment.
On the ninth hole Saturday, Ramos hit his second shot over the green and near the seventh-hole tee box.
Trying to get back on the green, Ramos said he chipped his shot up, it rolled down the green and in the hole for a birdie.
“That birdie shot on hole nine was the one standout moment for me this weekend,” he said. “I had a few good stretches where I pared a few holes, but overall it was a consistent weekend.”
Ramos said the competition level at the tournament was impressive and made him play his best.
“The guys I played with were definitely intimidating, but it made me focus a lot,” he said. “I had to play my game, but sometimes I could do nothing but be amazed with the guys around me.”
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